LB High on UM

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep standout linebacker Brian Toal said he thinks his game is similar to that of Chicago Bears All-Pro Brian Urlacher.

"He's a nasty guy in the middle," Toal said. "He's big and he can chase everything down. I think I can do a lot of those same things."

Toal, who stands 6-2 and 228, has some impressive times.

"Our coaches tested us the other day and I was at 4.4," he said. "I also run track and I did a 10.8 last season. I also threw the shot put 52 feet, three inches."

Toal, who finished last season with 112 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks, has played nearly every position on the football field since he began playing eight years ago.

"I was a linebacker till my freshman year," he said. "Then I played two years at defensive end before moving back to linebacker as a junior. On offense, I was a fullback for six years, then a tight end, and then I moved to running back."

Offensively, Toal ran for 1,250 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior last season. He is being recruited to play linebacker in college.

Toal, a full academic qualifier, said he's now collected 35 scholarship offers.

"It was wild there for awhile but it's been quiet lately," he said of the recruiting process. "It's given me a chance to think more about some of my favorites. I have eight of them right now -- Notre Dame, Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Maryland, Iowa, Penn State, and Nebraska."

While he's not yet ready to name a favorite, he talked about some of his favorites -- including Miami.

"Well, they just moved to the ACC," he said. "That was a good thing for them but they're still Miami. It just goes to show you that they will compete with anyone. That's just how they are. They're going to be good regardless of what conference they're playing in. They've been in the national title game for two years straight now. Plus, I really like their linebackers coach -- Vernon Hargreaves. He's real upfront and honest about everything and that's something I like. Their head coach, Larry Coker, called me in May so I also got a chance to talk to him some too."

Toal said he's not sure when he'll narrow his list down to five but there are a couple schools on it that he thinks will be in the final five.

"Like Miami, for example," he said, "I'm thinking that I'll definitely use one of my visits for them."

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