"He's a great, physical corner," Independence assistant coach Josh Kranish said. "He has great size, great range, and great top end speed. He likes to tackle… He tackles like a safety [and] covers like a corner."
Although a cornerback by trade, Tocho started at linebacker on varsity during his sophomore season because of a void at the position.
Tocho was moved back to cornerback for his junior year where he earned All-Southwestern Conference honors. He ended his junior campaign with five interceptions, 28 pass breakups, 48 tackles, a forced fumble, a blocked kick, and scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns.
Last summer, Tocho timed a 4.49-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 35.5-inch vertical at the Under Armour Combine, after checking in at 5-foot-11 ½ and 175 pounds.
Despite his combine numbers and on-field accomplishments, Tocho has flown under the recruiting radar.
"I guess the reason he's flown under the radar is because at this level most college DBs are skill guys that return punts and return kicks," Kranish said. "We had him return kicks for us a little bit last year and he returned one for a touchdown against North Meck and he returned one against West Charlotte for a touchdown. But we did have great return men – like Austin Duke who played in the Shrine Bowl – so we didn't need to rely on Jack as much. He'll get more return yards this year.
"But once scouts see him, they're going to like him."
NC State and Virginia have expressed the most interest in Tocho. He is also receiving interest from most of the schools in the ACC, including North Carolina.
"Right now, NC State is giving me the most attention, so they're sticking out for me," Tocho said.
The only school Tocho has visited is NC State. He plans to attend several camps this summer to gain exposure.
Tocho also runs track for Independence where he participates in the 100-meter dash and 4x100 relay. His personal best time in the 100 is 11.1 seconds … Tocho grew up following Southern Cal. "They were really good when I was growing up, but also because of Reggie Bush," he said. "I used to play running back and he was a great running back."