Toledo has done a great job so far in the recruiting cycle at landing some of their top cornerback targets. Led by Toledo’s defensive backs coach Cory Robinson, the Rockets already have 2017 Toledo, OH (St. John's Jesuit) CB Tycen Anderson and most recently 2017 Livonia, MI (Churchill) CB Jamal Allen committed.
The recent success from Cory Robinson will be carried on and used to land some of their remaining targets at the cornerback position. Below, I go in depth with a few of Toledo’s cornerback targets and add some recruiting notes on them.
Faion Hicks, 5’11” 180lbs. Fort Lauderdale, FL (Charles W Flanagan)
Toledo’s defensive backs coach Cory Robinson who has spent time at Maryland and several other schools, including IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Robinson's deep Florida roots has led to a major impact on the recruiting trail for the Rockets, which has recently been evident in the recruitment of 2017 cornerback, Faion Hicks.
Robinson and Hicks have a great relationship and have been able to bond through the two living and having experience in South Florida. Despite their strong relationship, Robinson has a large task if he wants to land Hicks. UCF, Hicks’ hometown school, has recently taken the lead within his recruitment. In addition, Toledo Scout was informed that he was expected to make a commitment soon and all signs are pointing to UCF.
The Rockets are still “near the top” for Hicks along with Wisconsin. With a commitment date expected to come sometime in the near future, UCF almost looks like a lock to land Hicks. However, I would not count out Toledo quite yet.
Melvin Jackson, 5’11” 160lbs. Lakewood, OH (St. Edward)
Toledo has been recruiting Jackson very hard over the last few months, keeping in contact a couple times a week. Not to mention, but Toledo defensive backs coach Cory Robinson stopped by and saw Jackson a couple of weeks ago during spring evaluation. All that effort has Toledo “high” up on Jackson’s list of schools.
Jackson took an unofficial visit to Toledo back in March, but it won’t be too long before he is back on campus. During the summer, Jackson and his family plan to visit Toledo. Not to mention, they will also get an official visit from the St. Edwards High School standout in the fall. The Rockets look like the clear cut leader here for Jackson, with really no other programs trailing besides Ball State. Out of all the prospects that Toledo is pursuing at the cornerback spot, he looks to be the closest to committing.
Nigel Graham, 5’10” 170lbs. Seffner, FL (Armwood)
Graham is another prospect who is from the South Florida area. A rising senior defensive back out of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood that accumulated 34 tackles, three interceptions, an interception for a touchdown, and two pass deflections a season ago.
In terms of his recruitment, Toledo looks to be in the thick of things with Graham along with Marshall and Syracuse. The Rockets have a legit shot here, but as of right now they look to be behind Marshall and Syracuse. Graham plans to visit the Rockets this summer, things may change after that visit.
DeAmonte King Commits To West Virginia, Where Does Toledo Go Now?
If you’re a common reader of Toledo Scout, it was no surprise today around 12:30 when 2017 Akron, OH (St. Vincent-St. Mary) ATH DeAmonte King committed to West Virginia over his co-leader Toledo. Despite his commitment to the Mountaineers, I do expect the Toledo coaching staff to continue to recruit him and keep that door open for King if he would decommit.
However, where will Toledo go now? Well, now 2017 Clairton, PA (Clairton) ATH Noah Hamlin becomes much more of a priority for the Toledo coaching staff. Hamlin has Toledo within his top five and will use an official visit to Toledo in the fall.
The other option who has now started to become one of Toledo’s top receiver targets is 2017 Miami, FL (Miami Central) receiver Carmoni Green. He is very close with Toledo Head Coach Jason Candle and Toledo is pursuing him hard. Not to mention, he will visit Toledo for his first time this summer and Toledo will get an official visit from Green. Toledo isn’t exactly near the top for Green, but their in the mix. Green would be an excellent replacement for missing out on King.
Toledo Makes The Top Ten For Pitts
One of the more surprising news of the week was when 2017 Charleston, WV (South Charleston) safety Derek Pitts had Toledo within his top ten along with West Virginia, Maryland, Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, and Marshall.
Toledo has been a dark horse contender for Pitts ever since he visited back in late May. Even though he was only on Toledo’s campus for three hours the staff really impressed Pitts’ and his mother. Toledo will have a chance due to his bond with Coach Candle and Coach Robinson. However, West Virginia leads within his recruitment by a large margin with Toledo, Pittsburgh, and Maryland trailing.
- I was able to confirm with a few sources close to 2017 Bowling Green, KY (South Warren) receiver C.J. Hayes that his decision date on June 30th is indeed down to Purdue and Toledo. Also, the Rockets are the slight leader for Hayes and his recruitment has become much more close than the Toledo coaches would like.
- Toledo offers 2018 Saint Petersburg, FL (Lakewood) safety Armani Adams. He will visit Toledo sometime in July and looks forward to seeing Toledo as a whole. Adams only has two offers right now from South Alabama and USF.
- Major Toledo target 2017 Dearborn, MI (Dearborn) OT Mustafa Khaleefah committed to Michigan State a few days ago after he performed very well at one of their football camps and received an offer. He had Toledo and Cincinnati as his co-leaders before he committed to the Spartans. I don’t expect the coaching staff to pursue him anymore.
- 2017 Miamisburg, OH (Miamisburg) OT Cody Lamb committed to Cincinnati last week. This was no surprise for the Toledo coaching staff.