By: Shane Kinnee
Toledo Scout Contributor
Toledo’s offense is built on strong and athletic offensive linemen. The Rockets are able to be efficient in the running game because of their front five and the ability to open up holes from their offensive line. The coaching staff is trying to continue that proud tradition of great offensive linemen in the 2017 class.
The Rockets top offensive line target is 2017 Dearborn, MI (Dearborn) OT Mustafa Khaleefah. The Dearborn High School standout is being pursued by a lot of Midwest programs. However, Khaleefah is narrowing in on a decision and two schools are currently standing out for him.
“Toledo and Cincinnati are my two leaders as of right now,” Khaleefah mentioned about his recruitment. “Those two schools are really good fits and both have recruited me very hard over the past few weeks. As for Cincinnati, I visited during spring break and I think they're a really good upcoming program. Toledo, they can offer great academics and a good possibility of playing in the league.”
Khaleefah is coming off a Toledo visit just a week ago. During his visit, The Rockets showed him how much they have to offer and why they’re the right school for him. The Rockets also left a good impression on Khaleefah’s high school coaches.
I took my visit to Toledo about a week ago,” Khaleefah told me. “I think Toledo is an elite program and I like them. I really like the coaches and I enjoy being around them and their past success is definitely great. During my visit, I saw the dorms and thought they were nice. I really liked talking with Coach Candle he was awesome and I enjoyed the tour of the campus. Plus, my coaches came along with me on my visit. My coaches like the school but they haven't said much to me.”
With a decision coming up for Khaleefah in August, The coaching staff has started to put the full-court press on the Dearborn High School standout. Toledo offense line coach Mike Hallett talks to Khaleefah every day and recently made a trip to his high school.
“Coach Hallett texts me almost everyday, he recruits me very hard. He just asks about what's going on and we talk about track a lot too. He came by my high school not too long ago, it was pretty good we just sat down and talked.”
Khaleefah plans on making his commitment in August, but he has informed me that he is not too sure on that date. As of right now, Khaleefah’s recruitment is a Cincinnati-Toledo recruiting battle, The Rockets look to have the slight edge here.