Deandre Fitz-Henley is a throwback type of linebacker with a tone-setting mentality in the middle of the defense. He diagnoses plays very well, and does a good job of breaking down and shuffling his feet before striking through the gaps.
Fitz-Henley, the nation's 32nd-ranked inside linebacker, might not be equipped with the prototypical size that is coveted in today's day and age of college football, but is a productive kid who plays sideline to sideline.
"My top school right now is Toledo," Fitz-Henley said. "I like the way the coaching staff is talking a big factor for me, which is being given an opportunity to start from the get-go.
"They also have a great law school, which is what I want to get into when I go off to college."
Marquel Blackwell, a Pinellas County native himself who starred at quarterback for the University of South Florida, is Fitz-Henley's go-to contact at Toledo.
"Me and (running backs) coach (Marquel) Blackwell talk often," Fitz-Henley said. "He just keeps things real with me, and it also helps that he's from around here and has that knowledge of been there, done that."
Like with the Rockets, coach Mike Bobo and Colorado State envision Fitz-Henley making a splash sooner than later.
"It's kind of the same thing with Toledo," Fitz-Henley said. "They told me I could come and start right away."
Fitz-Henley has not scheduled a date, but plans to journey up to Toledo in the foreseeable future.