2009 Prospect Levine Toilolo

Levine Toilolo, the 6-7, 235-pound junior tight end prospect from La Mesa (Calif.) Helix who really helped his stock at summer camps and combines, recently received a huge scholarship offer...

La Mesa (Calif.) Helix tight end Levine Toilolo (6-7, 235), one of the top prospects in the class of 2009, is fresh off receiving his first scholarship offer, and it comes from the defending champions, Florida. The offer from the Gators came over the weekend.

"I was real excited," said Toilolo. "It was more excitement than relief, because I wasn't really expecting an offer this soon. They sent a questionnaire and had called the school before, but other than that, the offer was out of the blue."

Florida head coach Urban Meyer, though, was very familiar with Helix, with his former Utah quarterback Alex Smith being a Helix alum.

"Coach Meyer talked to me about how he coached Alex, so he knew where to find me and where to find Helix," said Toilolo. "I'm definitely interested in Florida. I could see myself going away for school."

And Toilolo should have his choice from among some of the top programs in the country, with several national schools, and a handful of west coast schools, all expressing interest in him.

Toilolo said: "I've been hearing a lot from California, Louisville, and I got a letter from Miami. USC, I've heard from them and I've gotten some interest from UCLA. I attended USC's camp for two years and a UCLA camp. Coach (Karl) Dorrell at UCLA went to Helix, so it would be nice if he came by the school and recruited me (next year)." Some of the other schools showing interest in Toilolo include Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida State, Miami, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Colorado, Alabama, Stanford and Boston College.

So does he have a favorite at this point? "Not right now I don't," said Toilolo. "I wouldn't mind going national right now, but I'm going to be looking at how much they use the tight end, playing time, academics and whether it's the right school for me. The Pac-10 would be nice, and it would be nice to stay on the west coast, but I'm open to going back east."

Toilolo said he's also not interested in making a decision anytime before the spring. "I'll wait and see how everything pans out with where I'm looking, but I'm thinking I'll wait until my senior year," said Toilolo.

Having spent his first two years at H-Town Christian Academy, Toilolo played on both sides of the ball, also starting on the defensive line. While some schools have expressed an interest in him playing defensive end, he prefers staying on offense.

"Most of my letters are coming for tight end, and I prefer to play that. I'd like to stay on offense, but if they needed me on defense, I'd do I to help. But I'd like to stay at tight end as long as I can," said Toilolo.

Toilolo made a name for himself at several camps and combines this spring, including the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine, where he was named to the all-combine second team at tight end, behind senior Austin Holt.

"I loved the competition at those camps," said Toilolo. "You're going up against the best in the country at their positions. It really helps with confidence."

Last fall at H-Town Christian, Toilolo had 12 catches for 270 yards and two touchdowns while amassing 70 tackles and 13.5 sacks, an interception and fumble recovery and he blocked four field goals.

In the season opener last week, Toilolo had three receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown and was named Helix's Offensive Player of the Week, helping Helix to a win over Oceanside.

This week, Helix faces Lone Peak High from Utah before a big game the next week against Carlsbad, the top team in San Diego.

Academically, Toilolo has a 3.5 GPA and will take the SAT in November.

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