Student-Athlete Also Two-Sporter

Toby Gerhart, the running back from Norco, who has over a dozen scholarship offers, also is a big-time baseball player, and has a 4.67 GPA. He recently took an unofficial visit to UCLA and talks about his recruitment...

Norco (Calif.) High running back Toby Gerhart (6-1, 215) had a busy summer. It just didn't have much to do with football.

One of the elite football/baseball standouts nationally, Gerhart spent the majority of his summer on the diamond, playing at various tournaments and showcases, including the prestigious Area Code Games in Long Beach.

"I'm just now getting into football, really," Gerhart said. "The Area Codes just ended. I do have a showcase tournament for the Dodgers, but then it's two-a-days coming up. It's the most baseball I've played since before high school. Since I got to high school, I'd usually do passing leagues during the summer."

With over a dozen scholarship offers, Gerhart said his choices are down to four schools.

"My top four, in no order, is Stanford, UCLA, Duke and Mississippi," said Gerhart, noting that all four have offered him.

Gerhart has visited both Stanford and UCLA unofficially already, having just recently attended a UCLA football practice while also meeting with UCLA baseball coaches, and plans to trip to Duke and Mississippi this fall.

"I've not yet set up the officials. After September 1st, when college coaches can start calling again, I'll probably set some up," said Gerhart, who said he is right now leaning to the California schools.

But after two years of getting to the CIF Division V Championship game, only to fall short, Gerhart said his focus is not on recruiting. It's on getting a ring.

"I want to get to game 14 and win game 14 and end my career with a ring. We've been there the last two years, but now it's ring time. I'd like to rush for 4,000 yards this year, but more importantly, I want a ring," said Gerhart.

While 4,000 is a large number, Gerhart thinks its reachable should they make it to the finals, and as Norco's primary ball-carrier, Gerhart totaled 2,210 yards on the ground and 27 touchdowns as a junior.

One decision that Gerhart will have to make is what to do with his baseball career.

"I haven't thought that far ahead. Right now I want to play college baseball and college football. But if it's a good amount of money, I'd try and do both pro baseball and college football," said Gerhart.

Aside from playing in the Area Code Games, Gerhart also played at the Perfect Game Showcase in Atlanta and another tournament in Georgia, on top of attending the Stanford Baseball Camp.

Norco opens its season with Division I Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower. "In the past they've been pretty good and they are a D-I team so that will be a big game for us," said Gerhart. Academically, you could say that Gerhart is a safe bet to quality, with a 4.67 GPA and having scored a 1870 on the new SAT.


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