Timson Enjoying Recruiting Process

Toledo has targeted Licking Heights High School athlete Storm Timson as a potential target for the 2009 recruiting class. Rocket Digest caught up with Storm on Wednesday night to see where the Toledo Rockets stand on his list of potential schools and to ask about his unofficial visit to Toledo for a Rockets home game last fall.

Despite missing time in five games during his junior season at Licking Heights High School, athlete Storm Timson is seeing his stock rise on the recruiting market. Standing 5-foot-10, 187-pounds, Timson, who's already turned in a pair of impressive camp outings on the early summer circuit, is now fielding calls from coaches across the nation, and for good reason.

One school, however, isn't new to the Licking Heights athlete. Hosting Timson for a home game against Northern Illinois late last October, the Toledo Rockets, albeit in an uphill climb, are fighting to secure a verbal from the utility athlete who finished with seven touchdowns and two interceptions in his abbreviated season during 2007.

"I was at Toledo when they played Northern Illinois," Storm told Rocket Digest in an interview on Wednesday evening. "They blew them out pretty bad; it was like seventy to like twenty-something. It was pretty ridiculous.

"I thought it was a pretty good experience," Timson continued. "I liked the campus, it was nice. I liked the field. I like playing on turf, it's a faster surface. It's something that I'll look at when I'm picking a school because I like to play fast. A school with a fast surface will give me a little bit of an advantage."

Despite the familiar Rocket turf, though, securing a commitment from the athlete capable of playing on either offense or defense at the next level won't be easy. Trailing a slew of schools, the Rockets must also overcome being out of contact with the 5-foot-10 athlete since Coach McNutt moved on to the NFL. Replacing the mail that had been coming from Toledo? A couple of college football heavyweights.

"Wisconsin, Miami of Ohio and Ohio State. All of them are my top choices and they've all been mailing me frequently," Timson, who also listed California, Minnesota, Kentucky and Cincinnati in his top seven, said. "I've been in contact with all those coaches. Also, the new university that I've been in contact with is the University of Cal. I've talked to their recruiting coordinator and positions coach. They haven't had time to see my film. They saw my highlight film, but they want to get a full game film to evaluate."

Another opportunity to evaluate Timson, for both Rocket coaches and coaches from other programs alike, will come as he continues his summer camp tour. With anticipated stops at Cincinnati, Ohio State, Miami and Illinois, his recruitment figures to run at least through the start of his senior season, another plus for the Rockets who try and break into his top list of schools.

"For Toledo, it's been a while since I've heard from them," Timson continued. "Also, with them being a MAC school, it's kind of setting me off about Toledo. It goes along with Miami of Ohio as well, but I see Miami as an academic based school where I can get a good education. I can get a good education at Toledo too, but right now I just favor those schools over Toledo."

Once in college, Timson plans on majoring in either law, criminal justice, sports management or possibly sports training.

Stay tuned to Rocket Digest as we continue to bring the latest in Storm's recruitment.

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