Vols Land a Giant

Tennessee recruits coast to coast and this recruiting season the Vols landed a great offensive tackle prospect in <B>Albert Toeaina</B>. In fact, he is the best OT I have seen on film this year.

The University of Tennessee has been known to produce great offensive linemen. One future OL that could be another great one in the long line under Head Coach Philip Fulmer is Albert Toeaina. Toeaina, 6-7 and 355 pounds, has committed to play for the Volunteers. He made his decision last week.

"I took my trip to Tennessee (versus Georgia) and I had never seen anything like that," Toeaina said. "107,000 fans watch their games. The game day atmosphere is incredible. They have great people there and great coaches. I really like the (offensive line) coaches, especially Jimmy Ray Stephens and Greg Adkins. They interact with the players so well."

Toeaina was scheduled to visit Oklahoma this weekend but cancelled after his trip to Knoxville. He knew one visit was all he needed.

"Coach (Bob) Stoops wanted me to still come for a visit but I knew Tennessee was the place for me."

Toeaina bench presses an amazing 540 pounds. Toeaina bench pressed 225 thirty-nine times this past spring. He plays tackle and can run and pass protect very well.

"I think my best asset is my footwork. I run around a high 4.9 forty. I am quick. I am also strong. I remember my ninth grade year in high school I got my butt kicked all season long. My dad asked me how serious I was about football. I wanted to play and he said the only way is to get stronger. I have worked hard in the weight room every since."

Toeaina signed with Oregon out of Pittsburg High School in 2002. But he didn't have the SAT score. So he decided to attend San Francisco Community College. It was hard to accept at first for the giant OL prospect.

"I was really mad at myself for not making it to Oregon. But playing JC ball has been a great experience for me. It really has. Everything turned out OK."

Toeaina plans to graduate in December and enroll at Tennessee in January.

Note - I saw Albert Toeaina on film over the summer and he has been the most impressive offensive tackle prospect I have seen on film so far this recruiting season.


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