West Coast RB Has Duke in Top Five

Toby Gerhart, a two sport star from California, says Duke is in his top five early on

California running back Toby Gerhart (6-1, 216, 4.5) claims up to 15 offers, notably from Stanford, UCLA, Mississippi, Kansas, Utah, UTEP, BYU, Colorado State, Duke, Oregon, Washington and Arizona.

He's also a solid outfielder and wants to play both baseball and football in college.

"I've spoken with most of the coaches from the programs that have offered me, and the ones that have baseball teams have told me that I can play both sports in college," said Gerhart, from Norco High School.

"Right now…my top five includes UCLA, Stanford, Ole Miss, Duke and Utah. Stanford has got the edge on those schools, and after them I really like UCLA, Ole Miss and Duke.

"I've been to Stanford's JR Day and I'm capable of playing both sports there. They've got great programs in both sports, and I really like the new coaching staff they've brought in for their football program. Coach (Walt) Harris has gone there to make Stanford a powerhouse. And I really just like the setting up there. They've got a great campus and a good environment," he said.

"UCLA is a program that has more of the pageantry that is associated with football. They get some great crowds at their games. Coach (Karl) Dorrell is really building up the program there, and they're looking to be a good one in the near future. I've gone to some of their football games.

"I also really like the new coaching staff at Ole Miss, especially with coach (Ed) Orgeron there now. I've never been there but I hear they've got a great program and they've got some of the biggest and wildest crowds around. They're also in the SEC which is a good conference, and it really just sounds exciting to be down in the South," he said.

"Duke has also told me that I can play both sports. I've spoken with coach (David) Kelly (wide receivers) from there and he's a real cool guy. They're a program on the rise and they brought in a good recruiting class last year.

"This summer I'm going to be traveling a lot. I'm going to get out there and see all of the schools that have offered me so far. To name a few places I'm going, they'd be Duke, Ole Miss, Kansas, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Utah.

"I'd like to make my decision on a program before the season to release myself from some of the stresses that come with recruiting. But if I'm not comfortable with a program, then I'll wait my decision out if I have to," he said.

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