At 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, Port Charlotte, Fla. standout offensive lineman Joe Toth began his prep career as a left tackle before playing the last two seasons at guard. Now, he's been preparing to play center as well.
"I went to a few skills camps this summer and practiced as a center," Toth said. "I've played all the other positions on the offensive line and my coach thought it would be worth the extra work in case some colleges wanted me to play center."
Toth, who doubles as a defensive tackle, is glad the season is finally here. He's had an impressive offseason that included strong performances at the NIKE Camp and then at Down & Dirty Linemen Camp.
"Down & Dirty was great," he said. "I really enjoyed it up there. I had a lot of fun getting to compete against players from all over the state."
Toth, a full academic qualifier, competes in several other varsity sports. As a sophomore, his 31-2 record was among the best in the state. He also runs the "big boy relay" in track and he plans on trying something new this school year.
"Our entire offensive line is real close," he said. "We do everything together and this year we're going to try out for the soccer team (laughing). We're going to do it just for fun, so you'll see a bunch of 300 and 280 pound guys running around kicking the ball. It should be fun."
The standout offensive lineman said he hasn't really given recruiting much thought but things will pick up again in a few weeks.
"I had a lot of schools calling me in the spring time," he said. "But I haven't really haven't thought a lot about it yet. I still have a lot of questions to ask the coaches when they start calling again on September 1. I'm going to find out about the academic stuff. I'll consider the schools that offer my major, which is Psychological Profiling."
Toth said after a strong showing at Down & Dirty earlier this summer, he began getting stuff from the University of Miami.
"They started sending me stuff right after the camp," he said. "I get a bunch of regular mail from them but I also got their media guide and I got two hand-written letters from their head coach. Basically he said he hopes I have a real good season and that they'll be watching me. He said they look forward to talking to me in September."
Toth, who declined to name any particular favorites, said he's still considering several schools right now.
"If I had to pick some schools that I'd say I'm interested in, I'd go with Florida, North Carolina, Louisville, Florida Atlantic, Central Florida, and Miami. I'll have a better idea after I start talking to coaches again."
Toth, who hasn't yet received any written scholarship offers, said his mind is totally on winning big this season.
"All I want to do is go 15-0 and go all the way," he said. "I just want to win it all."
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