Three-star class of 2017 defensive end Alden Tofa has seen his recruitment gain ground over the past few months.
The recruit out of West Jordan, UT, holds offers from Vanderbilt, Arizona, Utah, BYU, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah State, Washington State among others.
The defensive end said he has also been talking to programs like Stanford, USC, Notre Dame and Oregon.
Tofa said the Cardinal have not offered him yet, but the Stanford staff is hoping to get him up to The Farm.
“They wanted me to get out there and take a visit,” Tofa said. “I'm planning on taking a visit up there.”
For the 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end, the mix of academics and football prowess makes Stanford an intriguing option.
“I like just the way their program is set up,” Tofa said. “It's not all about football, they are planning for your future.”
The laundry list of successful, big-bodied edge rushers in the Cardinal program also adds to the allure for Tofa.
“It just gets me excited thinking that I could be the next Trent Murphy, that they could work with me to get to that point because of the success they've had.”
Getting to the quarterback will be a key to Tofa’s success and has been focused on sharpening up his skills. He even said he doesn’t have a cell phone because he doesn’t want to be “distracted with that” (I interviewed him over Facetime audio from his iPod).
To help his tackling skills and agility, he has taken up rugby in the offseason.
“It's helped a lot. I started two years ago and my conditioning has gotten up a lot,” Tofa said. “My speed picked up with it. I got a lot quicker. My 40 time got quicker since rugby started.”
Tofa will be headed to the Opening: Seattle later this month and will be setting up visits but doesn't have anything officially planned.
Tofa said Virginia, Oregon State, Washington State, Utah State, Utah and BYU are the schools that speak to him most frequently.