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Friday night's victory over Colorado was big for the Toledo Rockets football program. It was the first victory for head coach Tim Beckman. A national TV audience watched Toledo beat down a Big 12 team. This is the kind of victory that a program can build on, and it can give the Rocket staff a huge recruiting boost.

Friday night's victory over Colorado was big for the Toledo Rockets football program. It was the first victory for head coach Tim Beckman. A national TV audience watched Toledo beat down a Big 12 team. Even though the final score was somewhat close, the Rockets led 54-24 with under four minutes to play in the game.

This is the kind of victory that a program can build on, and it's a kind of victory that can give the Rocket staff a huge boost in recruiting.

The Rockets have seven commitments in the 2010 recruiting class, but the impressive victory on ESPN might be enough to sway some more high school seniors to Toledo.

Rocket Digest talked to three of the seven current commitments since Friday night to see how their season has been going and to get their reaction on the big Rocket victory.

"I watched the game and I really enjoyed watching them (Toledo) overcome last week and come back this week ready to play," Ben Davis High School senior defensive back Keith Suggs said. He added, "I can't wait too join the family."

Suggs has not setup his official visit with Toledo yet, but he is hoping to get it setup for the Western Michigan game in a few weeks.

Waverly High School QB Derek Roback had another solid game Friday night. He threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-21 victory, then headed home to watch the rest of the Toledo game.

"I saw the 4th quarter of the game, and it was awesome to see," Roback told Rocket Digest. He added, "It just shows how much the MAC has improved over the years, especially with Central (Michigan) beating Big Ten Michigan State today. The win over Colorado will be a great recruiting tool, showing we can compete with any of the major conferences in the country."

Massillon Washington offensive lineman Jeff Myers also talked to Rocket Digest about the Toledo game. "I didn't get the chance to watch the game, because of my game," said Myers. "We won 35-14 and we are 3-0. I did hear from a lot of people about Toledo's win. As a recruit it's very exciting. (It) shows the progress that the new staff and team is making."

Toledo's last win over a BCS school came a little less than a year ago. Toledo travelled to the Big House in Ann Arbor and beat the Michigan Wolverines 13-10. That win helped to sell one recruit in particular on the Rockets. That kid was Springfield High School athlete Eric Page.

The Monday after the Michigan victory, UT coaches received a call from Page, which resulted in his commitment. Page said that the Rocket victory over Michigan convinced him to make the commitment.

When Coach Beckman took over the program in December, he made sure that Eric Page stayed committed to Toledo and the rest is history. After two games this year, the true freshman slot receiver is Toledo's leading receiver with 15 catches for 266 yards and 2 TD's. He's averaging 17.7 yards per catch.

Will the win over Colorado secure a commitment from another star in the making for the Rockets? If it does, Rocket Digest will be your source for Toledo Rockets recruiting information and more.



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