Michigan Back In It For Top LB Prospect

Top linebacker recruits are scarce as hen's teeth for the Wolverines this year. But they've gotten a pleasant surprise as one Top 100 LB who dropped Michigan back in the summer has put U-M back on his list!

I spoke last night to TheInsiders' #41 prospect, Brian Toal (6-2, 225 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 10.8 100 meters, 37 inch vertical jump, 3.0 GPA/960 SAT) from Ramsey, NJ, Don Bosco. Toal and his father, Dom Bosco Head Coach Greg Toal, visited Michigan back in the spring for the Wolverines' first spring practice, and Michigan offered Brian a scholarship (along with a myriad of other schools, including Miami, Penn State, Nebraska, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Iowa, West Virginia, Maryland, Pitt, Rutgers, Michigan State, Vanderbilt ...). However in early July Toal announced that he'd narrowed his schools to a 'final nine': Penn State, Notre Dame, Miami, Boston College, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech. Michigan didn't stop recruiting him though, and 'as the world turns' his list has changed again ...

Brian, have you put Michigan back on your final list?

"Yeah. Definitely. I talked to Coach Boccher about a week ago. He said Michigan wants me, and they're up there in my final schools again. I was there in the spring you know, with my dad and a teammate."

Have you scheduled an official visit with Michigan, or with anyone else?

"I haven't thought about that yet. I can't take one until the 2nd week in December anyway. Our playoffs go until then."

Are there any schools you know you will visit for sure?

"I'm not really sure ... Miami maybe."

What does your list look like now?

"There are eight schools on it: Miami, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Boston College (note: his brother Greg is a fifth year fullback there), Notre Dame, Michigan, Oregon ... and ... oh yeah, Nebraska."

How is your season going so far?

"Were 5-0 and ranked #1 in the state. We have a big game tomorrow (Friday) with Hackensack ... they're #2."

Do you know your personal stats?

"I have about 60 tackles in five games."

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