Toran Attends A&M Junior Day

North Shore High School on the east side of Houston has been a hotbed for D-1 talent in recent years. It's no different in the class of 2014. One of the Mustangs getting a lot of attention from college coaches is offensive lineman NaJee Toran who recently attended the Texas A&M junior Day event this past Saturday.

North Shore High School on the east side of Houston has been a hotbed for D-1 talent in recent years. It's no different in the class of 2014. One of the Mustangs getting a lot of attention from college coaches is offensive lineman Najee Toran who was recently invited and attended the Texas A&M junior Day event this past Saturday.

"I had a track meet so I did not get to watch practice like the others, but I did get there before they served lunch and I got go on all the tours of the facilities and talk to the coaches," Toran said. "It was all first class. I loved the facilities and I liked all of the academics. I'm a good student and academics are important to me. You can't play football forever."

Ironically, it is that excellent academic standing that attracted offensive line coach B.J. Anderson to the North Shore prospect along with his quickness and footwork.

"I talked to Coach Anderson and he told me he really liked how I moved my feet and how I rolled my hips along with my overall quickness for an OL," Toran said, "But he also said I separated myself from the pack because of my smarts. He said he needs an intelligent player at center because they make all of the line calls and gets the offense ready to go."

Toran is a bit undersized. He measured in on Saturday at 6-foot-2+ and close to 250 pounds. He admits that he needs to put on weight and he's in the process of doing just that as he's already added close to 10 pounds since the fall.

"Our coach wants a quick OL and we focus a lot more on aerobic drills," Toran said. "But we talked and he knows that if I want to play at the next level I have to bulk up a little. So I'm doing more weight training and drinking protein shakes and stuff like that. My goal is to be 265 pounds for my senior season."

Toran currently holds offers from TCU and Boise State. He's already been to TCU for a junior day and he's considering trips to Boise State, Nebraska along with a short drive to see University of Houston. Nebraska, OU, and UH have been in contact and showing interest at the moment. But after Saturday, Toran acknowledged that a future offer from Texas A&M would be a potential game-changer for him.

"Yeah, I loved everything about A&M. If they were to offer that would be a pretty serious deal for me," Toran said. "Coach Anderson and Coach Sumlin told me I was at the top of their list to be offered as a center along with a couple of other guys. They plan to evaluate all of us in the spring and make an offer after that."

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