Local Standout Commits to UM

Perhaps the best prospect in this high school's brief history, this prospect has said he is totally committed to Miami. He had a strong performance at the UM camp this summer and after speaking with the coaches he has made his pledge to the Hurricanes.

Although Dr. Krop High School in Miami is only a few years old, it hasn't taken long for the school to begin producing top notch players. Perhaps the best prospect in school history is current defensive back Joe Tolliver.

At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Tolliver had a solid spring but it was a strong performance at the University of Miami summer camp that really opened the eyes of the UM coaches.

"I had a few schools that called me in May," Tolliver said. "Florida called, Maryland, UConn, Northwestern, Rutgers, FAU, and then I spoke to Randy Shannon from UM."

The standout defensive back said he has football scholarship offers from Maryland, FAU, and UConn.

"I talked to Randy Shannon and Coach Larry Coker after the UM camp," he said. "They told me they loved my effort, and I do a lot of nice things. They are recruiting me to play cornerback, but the thing is they just signed four or five of them so they only need one right now as scholarships are tight there. Instead, I'm going to UM my first year on a track scholarship the same way Santana Moss started his career there. Then after my first year, I'll switch to football and then they'll start needing cornerbacks again."

Tolliver has tremendous raw speed and ability. "I just started running track in 11th grade," he said. "I'm still not real good with my starts and everything and that's why my overall speed isn't as good as it can be. I ran a 10.8 as a junior at a meet at UM that was electronically timed. I finished third there and Senorice Moss finished fourth. I ran a 4.70 at the UM camp but it was because of bad starts. Once I get into college and start working on them, I think I can get into the 4.45 range because that's what Senorice said he runs. I only run a 2.8 in the 20 and Senorice would blow me away there."

Tolliver, who finished last season with five interceptions as a safety, said it's been a lifelong dream to play for the Hurricanes.

"I'm totally committed to UM," he said. "Some schools have offered me football scholarships and my coach told me that other schools will during and after the season. But it doesn't matter, it's been a lifelong dream to play for the Canes. Just because I have to start on track my first year doesn't matter."

Tolliver talked more about his performance at the camp. "Man, I had a few picks out there, a few batted passes and I was all over the place," he said. "The coaches said they were most impressed with my abiloty to pick up on new things so quickly. Coach Shannon said I had a great attitude."

Tolliver, who carries a 2.5 core GPA and is still waiting on his SAT scores to come back, said he's getting ready for what he hopes will be a big senior season.

"My big thing is I want to help my team win districts and get into the state playoffs," he said. "After that, I want to go to states in track and just develop into a team leader in both sports."

Editor's Note: When thinking of what type of football prospect Tolliver is, consider this: UM is recruiting him but hasn't offered in football like they have players like Dee Webb and Reggie Nelson. Also, it's not a given that he will transfer to a football scholarship. Per NCAA rules, when he plays a single snap in football, he will transfer to a football scholarship. It sounds like Tolliver is a kid that plans on ultimately making an impact for UM's football team.

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