Toal visits Penn State

After visiting Tennessee last weekend, America's No. 4 fullback prospect is touring Penn State this weekend.

Brian Toal, a 6-2, 228-pounder from Wyckoff, N.J., will have one visit remaining after this weekend. He will either tour Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame or Michigan. He already visited Boston College, Miami and Tennessee. He has an older brother at BC but seems to like Tennessee quite a bit.

''I was very, very impressed," Toal told Jamie Newberg of his UT visit, "and I had a good time and a lot of fun. Their facilities are amazing... I mean ridicously nice. I like the players and coaches a lot. I do know this, Tennessee has made this harder."

Toal got an in-home visit from UT head man Phillip Fulmer on Monday and got one from Boston College on Tuesday.

Tennessee also is recruiting in-state fullback prospect David Holbert, a 6-1, 235-pounder from Brentwood Academy.

For what it's worth, Toal is also an excellent linebacker. He registered 112 tackles and 12.5 sacks as a junior. In addition, he rushed for 1,250 yards that season.

With two-year starting fullback Troy Fleming out of eligibility and two of the top three reserves -- Aaron Kirkland and Ruben Mayes -- leaving the program, Tennessee desperately needs a fullback of the Toal/Holbert ilk in this signing class.


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