Toledo has had a strong imprint in the state of Florida over the past few recruiting cycles. Within the 2016 class, The Rockets landed seven prospects from the Sunshine state. The new Toledo coaching staff plans to keep that rich tradition going for the years to come.
One of the coaching staff’s top-targets in the state of Florida for the 2017 class is Hialeah, FL (Miami Carol City) safety Donelle Thomas. The Rockets are using their long and successful history of recruiting Thomas’ state as a recruiting pitch for the safety prospect. As of right now, that recruiting pitch is working very well.
“I think Toledo has a great coaching staff and I feel Toledo is an up and coming team this season,” Thomas said about The Rockets. “Toledo is the highest on my list and have been for quite sometime, they show me the most love and are in constant contact with me.”
The biggest factor in Thomas’ recruitment is communication and contact. Whatever school he chooses, he wants to feel wanted by the coaching staff. As of right now, Toledo has been doing just that by keeping in heavy contact with Thomas.
“It seems like every chance the coaches get we're texting. Every coach I talk to on the coaching staff, from the head coach to the recruiting coordinator. We usually talk about school and my practices. We’re in contact a lot, and I like that from the coaching staff. Toledo has recruited me the hardest by far.”
Toledo’s Head Coach Jason Candle and Defensive Backs Coach Corey Robinson has a very good relationship with Thomas. A relationship that is not just about football, but about two coaches who truly care about this talented Sunshine state prospect.
“Coach Candle is a great coach, he's very down to earth and I can tell he really cares about me. He knows how to connect with the players and build a great relationship with them. I also have a good relationship with Coach Watson and Coach Robinson, they’re also pretty cool dudes.”
Even though Toledo has the solid lead within Thomas’ recruitment, he is still very interested in programs like Western Michigan, Ohio, and East Carolina. Over the summer, he plans to visit those schools, including Toledo sometime in June.