2004 Recruiting Prospect: Brian Toal

The Tennessee coaching staff is always looking for a good playmaker, especially on defense. To be even more specific, at the linebacking position. This 'backer is one of the best high school athletes in the country.

One of the top prospects from the Big East region is Brian Toal from Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, New Jersey. Toal, 6-2 and 228 pounds, is a two-way standout that stars at both fullback and linebacker (middle linebacker). Last season as a junior, he rushed for 1,250 yards and 24 total touchdowns offensively, while on the defensive side of the ball he recorded 112 tackles and 12.5 sacks. Toal has run a 10.8 100 meters and is already qualified. He is coached by his father, Greg Toal, Sr.

"It has been a great experience," Coach Toal said. "We have spent so much time together. There have been great lessons and it has been a nice player-coach relationship."

Toal is so good he could play either side of the ball at the next level. According to he and his father, Toal has a bunch of scholarship offers thus far including offers from Boston College, Iowa, Rutgers, Syracuse, Penn State, Michigan, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, and Maryland. Two questions remain, what school will he pick and what position will he play?

"I think he plays defense," Coach Toal said. "Brian has such great instincts and has so much speed and strength. He runs well enough to play any linebacker position. The same can be said for him as a fullback and he can catch and block too. Brian just does everything so well."

For Toal himself, it doesn't matter what position or what said of the ball. He just wants to help out his team and contribute.

"I just want to play ball," Toal said. "Most schools seem to want me to play defense. I love it. I am physical, aggressive and play sideline to sideline. I love to hit. As a fullback, I can block, catch and run.

"I just want to take all my visits and see what's out there. Education, tradition and getting on the field are all things I am looking at.

"Right now, I like Boston College, Rutgers, Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Miami and Tennessee."

Toal's older brother, Greg, Jr., is a fullback at Boston College. Will that give the Eagles the edge?

"He just wants me to do what's best for me. He told me to stay open and take my time. Greg has been a great influence on me and I have grown up watching him. We have trained together and he has really helped me. So has my father. That has been a pretty intense football relationship. He gets on me but that's OK. I have always wanted to play for him and this upcoming season will be extra special. We should be pretty good."

Coach Toal also played fullback and he played for Virginia Tech (1971-'75).

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