Toledo Looking at Florida Athlete

Toledo head football coach Tom Amstutz wants more depth in the Rockets secondary. That quest has taken the Toledo coaches to the state of Florida to look at another speedy prospect. Have the Rockets offered?

University of Toledo head coach Tom Amstutz and his staff have a big need to add quality and depth in the defensive backfield. Last season the depth in the secondary was so low that two true freshman walk-ons were on the two-deep depth chart with one of them becoming a starting cornerback early in the season, and a wide receiver was moved to defensive back to help out.

The Rockets already have "known" commitments from cornerback Kenny Veal and safety Isaiah Ballard, and have offers out to several others as well.

One of those others is Gerard Thomas from Osceola High School in Kissimmee, FL. He stands at just 5-9 and 155 pounds, but runs a 4.5 forty yard dash.

"He's fast and an explosive leaper," Osceola head football coach Jeff Rolson told Rocket Digest.

Gerard has offers from Toledo and Colorado State, and is receiving interest from Kansas State as well. He went on an official visit to Toledo last weekend and is visiting Colorado State this weekend.

The Florida speedster had 95 carries for 974 yards and 9 TD's on the ground. He also caught 16 passes for 512 yards and 5 TD's. On special teams he had 7 returns for 157 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, he had 34 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, and 8 interceptions.

He is also a very good basketball player and is Osceola's point guard.

Toledo is recruiting Gerard as a defensive back, and his high school coach agrees that is his best position. "He is a very good cover corner," said Rolson.

According to his coach, Thomas should be making his college choice soon. "Hopefully early next week," Rolson told Rocket Digest.

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