PSU Eyeing Jersey Prospects

New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep boasts three 1st Team All-State players: <b>Brian Toal, Marquise Liverpool and Mike Teel</b>. LionNews talked to Coach Greg Toal Wednesday evening about Penn State's interest in the trio.

Don Bosco Prep earned their first state championship (Parochial Group IV) last season.

"We were 12-0 last year," head coach Greg Toal said.  "We were the number one team in New Jersey, 8th in the country and number one in the tri-state area."

Coach Toal is fortunate enough to have four juniors, whom he considers Division I prospects, returning for their senior seasons: Marquise Liverpool, Brian Toal, Mike Teel and Eric Cumba.

Penn State is apparently interested in the three 1st Team All-State honorees: Liverpool, Toal and Teel.

"Franny Ganter came out the end of January, right before the end of senior recruiting.  He offered Brian, but he hasn't offered the other two guys yet.  I know they're real interested in Marquise, and Mike too, but they do have a quarterback I think that they're pretty high on, so I think Mike might be down on their list.  They seem to be pretty high on Marquise."

Teel is the only one who has been to Penn State.  He attended at least one game last season.

Name: Brian Toal
Position: RB, LB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5
School: Don Bosco Prep School, Ramsey, NJ

"Brian is fast, intense and able to get off blocks and run to the football.  Obviously, being strong and fast is a pretty good combination.

"He ran a 4.5 as a freshman at Boston College's camp.  He hasn't been there in two years, but he's a high 4.4, low 4.5's now.

"Brian scored 150 points on offense.  He had 1,250 yards rushing and 497 receiving.  He led the team in tackles, with 112, and sacks also, 12.5.

"He has about 12 offers: Syracuse, Boston College, Rutgers, Maryland, Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin, and a few others."

Coach Toal believes his son could play on either side of the ball in college.

"Some people offered him at an H-Back type position, Syracuse was fullback, Penn State offered him as a linebacker, but they said possibly fullback too."

Brian also runs track and has reportedly run around a 6.53 second 55 meters and a 10.8 100 meters.

"I'm open really," Brian said, "I don't have a favorite right now."

He does not have a position preference.

Brian and his father are contemplating a trip to Michigan this weekend.

"That's a place I'd like to see.  It's got a big stadium and big campus."

What about Penn State?

"I've never been there, but I'd like to check that out."

Is he interested in going to a school with a big stadium or big campus?

"I'm not sure, but I've seen a couple of smaller stadiums and campuses like Boston College and Rutgers.  I went out to Notre Dame last year for the Boston College game."

The Wolverines and Fighting Irish have not yet offered Toal a scholarship.

Name: Marquise Liverpool
Position: WR, CB
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 180 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.49 at Boston College's camp last year
School: Don Bosco Prep School, Ramsey, NJ

"He had over 700 yards catching the ball and I think he had 8 interceptions.  He's explosive, he can change the game around in a hurry.  He has great instincts, great speed, great timing.  He's a helluva baseball player (centerfielder) too.  He had 15 triples last year.  He also has great hands."

Coach Toal also believes Marquise could play either offense or defense in college.

"I think he's pretty exciting with the ball in his hands, so I've got to think he's definitely an offensive player.  But, he has great hips.  He could definitely be a cornerback.

"He has 5 offers: Rutgers, Boston College, Iowa, Syracuse and West Virginia.  Come May, there will be a ton of guys [offering him]."

Name: Mike Teel
Position: QB
Height: 6'3.5"
Weight: 205 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9 at Boston College's camp last year
School: Don Bosco Prep School, Ramsey, NJ

"Mike threw for over 2,000 yards with 28 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  He has tremendous accuracy and he's got great touch.  He plays great in the big game, he has tremendous poise.  He was in a lot of big games this year and he came up big.

"This was his first year starting.  He's pretty special, there's no question.  He's got a real strong arm, but the biggest thing is his touch and accuracy.  He throws a very catchable ball.

"He's got one offer right now, Rutgers.  Maryland seems like they're close to offering and Boston College seems like they're pretty impressed."

Name: Eric Cumba
Position: OL
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 300 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.5 at Boston College's camp
School: Don Bosco Prep School, Ramsey, NJ

Coach Toal thinks Eric is a Division I prospect and projects him to play either the center or guard position at the next level.

"He doesn't have any offers yet, but Rutgers has been on him pretty good, Connecticut also."

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