Toby Gerhart: "A Lot to Think About"

Toby Gerhart, the California high school all-time career rushing leader from Norco, said the official visit to UCLA made up ground with Stanford, his previous leader. Was it enough? Who's his leader now?

California's all-time leading rusher, Norco (Calif.) tailback Toby Gerhart (6-1, 220), was one of three running backs who took official visits to UCLA this past weekend.

"It was a really good trip," said Gerhart. "UCLA put on a good show. It's given me a lot to think about."

It was the third official visit for Gerhart, having previously visited Utah and Mississippi.

"I'm heading up to Stanford in January, and I still may take a fifth trip to either Duke or Kansas," said Gerhart.

While in Westwood, Gerhart said that the gap that existed between his longtime favorite Stanford and UCLA had closed. "I'd say they are both even right now," Gerhart said. "It all depends on my trip to Stanford. I'm going to have to sit down and think about it. I'll know within the week after my visit to Stanford."

That visit to Palo Alto will take place on January 13th.

Early on, UCLA had been recruiting Gerhart as an athlete, with the possibility he could end up at linebacker. But as Gerhart's senior year went on, they became more intrigued by his potential at running back. He said, "When they first talked to me, they said they would give me a chance at tailback, and if it didn't work out, then maybe linebacker. But in the last month, they've really been stressing tailback. They look at me as a big tailback, an every down guy who is capable of making big plays."

Gerhart's host was fullback Jimmy Stephens, while he also met with head coach Karl Dorrell as well as offensive coordinator Tom Cable, running backs coach Eric Bieniemy and his recruiter, Brian Schneider.

In addition, Gerhart also spent a couple of hours with the UCLA baseball coaches. "I got to sit down with Coach (John) Savage, Coach (Pat) Shine and coach (Brian) Green. We talked for about two hours about baseball," said Gerhart. "They said they want me to play for them as well."

Gerhart made the trip with both his parents. "My mom's never seen the campus, so it was good for her to get there," said Gerhart.

Earlier this year, Gerhart broke the California state career rushing record, held by Florida State and former Ventura St. Bonaventure tailback Lorenzo Booker. More importantly, he led Norco to a CIF Championship after two straight championship-game losses.

Academically, Gerhart is excellent, with a 4.67 GPA while having scored an 1870 on the new SAT.


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