"Honestly, I've always liked NC State and knew a lot about them even before now," said Tocho. "I was waiting for a big offer like that and when it came from them I wanted to take it."
Tocho attended a Wolfpack practice last fall, several games during the 2011 season and was back up for a visit in the spring. His familiarity with the program made the decision to commit easy for him.
"They let me know they wanted me by offering," he said. "I've talked with colleges about camping and most said they would offer if I camped or would offer during my senior season, but NC State did exactly what they said they would do and I love that about them.
"Just being up for games and practices and being around the team... it's a good fit for me."
Tocho was ready to make his commitment official on Thursday and did so by informing Wolfpack offensive line coach Jim Bridge, his recruiting coach, later that evening.
"I talked to the coaches a lot yesterday," Tocho said. "I also talked to my coaches and my parents about it, and I was ready to make my decision. I called coach Bridge about 9:45 and committed... he was all excited, yelling, screaming, and howling.
"I also talked some with coach O'Brien. Coach was excited too. He said that he's ready to see my family again and wants us to get up there as soon as we can for an academic tour and to just talk some more about it all."
Capable of playing cornerback or safety, Tocho measured in at 6'0 and 185 pounds at the Wolfpack's camp while ripping off a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and an impressive 33-inch vertical jump.
What is NC State getting in Jack Tocho?
"The coaches say I have great recovery speed," said Tocho. "I think that is a positive part of my game. I also played linebacker as a sophomore and like coming up to make tackles which helps me at defensive back.
"I know I need to work on my ball skills and catching the football better, but I think coach Reed will help me with that after working with him at camp. I was able to understand what he wanted me to do and what would be expected of me there."
Tocho had a prolific junior season for Independence, earning All-Southwestern Conference honors. He ended the year with five interceptions, 28 pass breakups, 48 tackles, a forced fumble, a blocked kick, and scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns.
"I feel pretty good about our upcoming season," said Tocho. "We're taking baby steps, and I think we'll be ready for a good run in the playoffs.
"I'll be doing kick returns and punt returns this year too, and coach is going to put me up against the opposing team's best receiver."
Tocho projects as a full qualifier and has indicated that he hopes to major in accounting or engineering at NC State. He also hopes to play early, which could be possible with the Wolfpack graduating three defensive backs after the 2011 season.
"I wasn't reluctant to redshirt, but I think it would be nice to play my freshman year," said Tocho. "Having those seniors leave does give me more of an opportunity, but it wasn't why I committed to NC State.
"The main reason I picked NC State is that's where I feel the most comfortable. It's relieving that it is over. It's been stressful with coaches coming in to see me. It was kind of hard to deal with, but I'm relieved it's done. I know I made the best decision for me."