California's leading rusher visits Ole Miss

Toby Gerhart (RB, Norco, CA) - Toby broke the California state rushing record on Thursday and left for his official visit to Ole Miss on Friday.We called to see how his visit went.

The following information was revealed during our interview with Toby Gerhart:

Give us an update on your season. "It is going good. I broke the California state rushing record a couple of days ago. I have over 8, 600 rushing yards now."

What have you rushed for this season? "2, 219 yards and 25 TD's so far."

How is your team doing? "We are 9-1, and we start the playoffs on Friday. We can't wait to get started."

Did you make it in for your Ole Miss official visit? "Yea I did. It went good, real good."

Did anyone accompany you? "No one from my family, no sir."

What did you learn about Ole Miss during your trip? "Lots of stuff. It is like a little small town. All of the students know each other. Everybody knew each other, like a giant family. The Grove was unbelievable. I have never seen anything like that before. SEC football is crazy. It was totally different than anything I have ever seen."

Did you get a chance to talk to the Ole Miss baseball staff? "Yea, I met with Coaches Bianco and McDonnell on Friday, and we went to the baseball field and toured their locker room. Coach McDonnell shared a motivational tape they have for all of their players. I toured all of their facilities."

How did Ole Miss' baseball facilities compare to the other schools? "I liked Ole Miss' a lot. They kind of surrounded the field with seats all around it. They have their students in the outfield. It is more fan supportive. It gives you more of a home field advantage. I thought that was really neat. As far as their indoor hitting facility and stadium, it was first class, top of the line."

Who was your host for the weekend? "Ryan Jones. He was a great host. Ryan was easy to talk to. He shared his experiences with Ole Miss and introduced me to a lot of people. I just had a good time with Ryan."

Did you feel like you fit in at Ole Miss. "Yea, most definitely. I felt like I fit in at Ole Miss and Oxford. It reminded me of my hometown. I come from a Southern/Western town in California. Oxford reminded me of my home town."

How did your meeting with Coach Orgeron go? ""My meeting with Coach Orgeron went good. I went to his house and met with him. We just talked about his philosophy in football, and he told me I would be a great fit. He did not put any pressure on me at all."

Coach Orgeron did not ask you to commit? "No, he never put any pressure on me what so ever."

Did he ask you where Ole Miss stands with you? "No, he did not even ask that. He did not put any pressure on me at all. He just asked me where all I was visiting."

Where does Ole Miss now stand with you? "They are right there. I had a good time, real good time. I have not had a chance to talk to my parents yet. I am still going to visit UCLA, Stanford, and Duke. I will then know for sure."

Do you now wish that your parents would have had a chance to see Ole Miss? "No, they wanted me to experience it on my own. I am going to college, not them. They want me to see things through my eyes, not theirs."

Where do you visit next? "I have not set up any of the dates, but I am going to UCLA, Stanford, and Duke for sure."

Thinking back on it; what stood out the most about Ole Miss during your trip? "I think the SEC atmosphere. It is just a sports loving town. The fans down there. Everybody I talked to were all into Ole Miss sports. I thought that was really neat. I had a great time. I had always heard how passionate the SEC fans were, and I got to experience it first hand. Who knows, I just might get to experience it a whole lot more."

Toby carries a 4.67 GPA / 1810 SAT.

To see Toby on film, click here.

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