Rocket Recruiting Update

The University of Toledo hosted six prospects on campus this weekend for official visits. Two were already committed to Toledo in RB David Fluellen and ATH EJ Tucker. By the end of the visits, Rocket coaches had a third visitor committed. Read on for more info about the weekend visits.

This past weekend the Toledo Rockets football program hosted six prospects on official visits. Two visitors, EJ Tucker and David Fluellen, were already committed to Toledo before they headed to town for their visits.

"It was great," Fluellen told Rocket Digest this evening. "I loved it out there." Current Rocket wide receiver Kenny Stafford was David's player host on the visit. Fluellen got to see the Rocket campus and facilities for the first time in person.

Earlier last week, Fluellen was named Class AA First Team All-State running back in the state of New York. "That's a huge honor for me," David said of the accomplishment.

Quarterback commit EJ Tucker was another visitor on campus. "I just got back from Coach Beckman's house," EJ Tucker told Rocket Digest Sunday afternoon. He added, "I had a wonderful time."

Tucker's player host was current Rocket safety Isaiah Ballard. "We took a tour around the campus," said Tucker. "We visited the dorms and we got to see what the indoor facility is going to look like. I really like what UT is doing, and I'm Looking forward to bringing Toledo back to Detroit (MAC Championship Game).

Tucker was recently named to the North/South All-Star Game on April 23rd. The game pits stars from high schools in Northern Ohio against stars from high schools in Southern Ohio.

Another prospect on campus over the weekend was DB/WR John James of Adams High School in Cleveland, OH. James was hosted by current Rocket defensive back Daxton Swanson. "We just hung out at the dorms and played video games and stuff," James told Rocket Digest Sunday evening.

While on the visit, James gave his commitment to Head Coach Tim Beckman and the Rocket staff. He credited his comfort level with the coaching staff as one of the main reasons he chose Toledo over offers from Akron and Louisville. "He's (Coach Beckman) a good coach and I feel like I can talk about anything with him."

Another prospect on campus this weekend was QB Miles Gooch of Towers High School in Decatur, GA. The 6-3, 210 pound quarterback has great speed for his size and was clocked at 4.5 in the forty yard dash.

Current Rocket receiver Julian Bellinger was Gooch's player host over the weekend. "We got to eat with the coaches and tour campus," Gooch told Rocket Digest in a phone interview Sunday night. He added, "It was nice. (The campus is) big and really classy."

Gooch also had nothing but good things to say about the Rocket coaching staff. "They are nice and sincere," Gooch said. "I think they have my best interest at heart."

Gooch threw for over 2,200 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior this past fall, while throwing just 9 interceptions. He is being recruited to Toledo by Paul Nichols.

The fifth official visitor over the weekend was 4 star running back Erick Howard of Hoover High School in North Canton, OH. Howard has been named Mr Football in the state of Ohio each of the last two seasons. He is just the 2nd player to win the Mr Football award in the state of Ohio twice. The 5-10, 210 pound running back is rated the 24th best running back prospect in the country by Scout.com.

He rushed for 2,056 yards and 27 TD's as a senior in 2009, after rushing for 2,387 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior.

The other official visitor over the weekend was QB Cameron Allerheiligen of Keller High School in Keller, TX. The 6-3, 180 pound quarterback threw for 2,535 yards and 24 TD's with just 10 interceptions this past season. He also rushed for 287 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He was also a punter and averaged 36.3 yards per punt. It is unclear as to whether or not Allerheiligen has an offer from Toledo, and whether or not he is being recruited as a QB, punter, or possibly even another position. His player host over the weekend was current Rocket receiver Tim Cortazzo.

Stay tuned to Rocket Digest as we draw closer to National Signing Day. High school seniors can sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, February 3rd.



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