Toal taking it slow

Don Bosco Prep's <b>Brian Toal</b> has been taking it slow this summer. Does he have any more unofficial visits scheduled? What are the attributes he's looking for in a school? Are the Nittany Lions still on his list?

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

Ranked the sixth best prospect in TheInsiders Atlantic Hot 100, Don Bosco Prep linebacker Brian Toal has had a pretty quiet summer.

"It's pretty slow.  I took a couple of visits.  I went down to Maryland.  I liked it a lot.  Everything seems to be going good," Brian said of his visit two weeks ago.  "I think I'm going to go down to Virginia Tech and check that out this week."  

Earlier this spring, Brian visited both Penn State and Michigan unofficially.  Does he remain interested in both of the Big Ten rivals?

"I'm still interested in [Penn State] but not so much Michigan," explained Brian.

Is Penn State as high on his list as they were during LionNews previous interview?

"Probably not, but for all I know I might end up going to Penn State," laughed a laid back Toal, who cited Penn State's need for linebackers as a negative.  "I know that they're signing a lot of linebackers already."

Brian has stated in the past that early playing time will be a important characteristic in the school he signs with.  How early would he like to see the field in college?

"I'll probably redshirt, so the next year after that I would like to play a lot," admitted Brian.  "The latest I would want to play is sophomore year."

Brian does not expect to make an early decision, holding off on a decision until January.  Does he expect to make any more summer visits after he heads to Blacksburg next week?

"That's probably about it because I'm about to start up football August 15th, so I really don't have that much more time," said Brian, whose father attended Virginia Tech.

Has Brian thought which schools will be getting official visits?

"Not really but probably Miami," admitted Brian, who named a top eight of Notre Dame, Miami (Fl.), Tennessee, Boston College, Wisconsin, Maryland, Oklahoma, Iowa.  The Sooners are the only school that has not currently offered.

Besides playing time, what else will be a determining factor in Brian's decision?

"Education, a place where I'll be comfortable for four or five years, and a chance to play early," admitted Brian.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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