Has the bell Toaled for PSU?

One of the biggest topics of discussion on the <b>LionNews</b> board has been Brian Toal's level of interest in Penn State. Steve Curry caught up with the New Jersey linebacker to see how the recruiting process is going and if the Nittany Lions are out of the picture.

Name: Brian Toal
Position: LB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.4
Hometown/School: Ramsey, Nj. (Don Bosco Prep)

With more than 30 offers on your plate by June 1st, it would be an understatement to say that the recruiting process is a bit hectic.  Welcome to the world of 6'2'', 225 pound New Jersey star athlete, Brian Toal.  Has Toal begun to narrow the thirty schools to a manageable five?

"Not really yet.  Probably around September 1st.  I'll take the visits after my season," said Brian, who named Michigan, Miami, Tennessee, Penn State, Boston College, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland, Iowa, and Wisconsin as his favorites.

A recent report by a rival school's team page on a rival web site seemed to suggest that the Nittany Lions were no longer in the running for Brian.  It is safe to assume that the previous report was not on-point?

"I'm pretty interested because they're "Linebacker U" and that's my position.  So I'm real interested in them, the big stadium, the great school and it's close to home.  I like it a lot.  I've just got to figure everything out," Brian admitted.

Both Fran Ganter and Ron Vanderlinden visited Don Bosco Prep last month to express their interest in Brian.

Brian has already visited Penn State earlier this spring, taking a look at the Nittany Lions with his father while spring practice was in full swing.

What did Brian do during his unofficial visit?

"We talked to the coaches, sat in meetings, toured the campus, and watched practice."

Although Brian remains interested in a number of schools, he and his family have connections to two Big East schools.  His brother, Greg, will be a redshirt senior for Boston College this season when the Golden Eagles enter Beaver Stadium on September 6th, a game which Brian and his family will attend.

Has Greg tried to influence his little brother to become a Eagle?

"He's pushing them pretty hard.  He thinks it's a good situation for me because they are pretty low on linebackers.  But when the time comes, I'm just going to make the decision that's best for me," stated Brian, who will be heading to Boston in the very near future.   "I'm camping at Boston College this weekend--Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.  I'm going to the team camp.  All the guys on the team go.  Basically all the guys on my team go."

"I guess it's one of the closet camps we have and it's before the rest of the camps, so we get out of school on Wednesday and the team will go up Saturday."

Brian's dad and the Don Bosco Prep head coach, Greg Toal, Sr., played his college football at Virginia Tech.  Have the Hoakies, who Brian did not list earlier, been in touch.

"They've offered.  I've never actually been out there but I definitely want to see it.  But I'm not real sure," said Brian.

Has Greg, Sr., a veteran of the recruiting process, given his youngest son any advice about how to deal with the recruiting process?

"He hasn't given me much advice yet, but I think he's going to start when it comes time.  He's not pushing anything at me right now, but I think he has a couple schools in mind."

Penn State fans are no doubt hoping the Nittany Lions factor into the Toal's thoughts somewhere.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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