Toilolo Getting Early Attention

Levine Toilolo, the 6-7, 235-pound junior tight end prospect from San Diego (Calif.) Helix, has some big-named scholarship offers from around the country. He talked to us about his recruitment and his early leader...

La Mesa (Calif.) Helix's Levine Toilolo (6-7, 235) just had his basketball season come to an end last weekend, so now it's back to the gridiron for the four-star tight end.

"I've been playing basketball for the past few months, but I'm ready to get back out to football," said Toilolo.

The big, athletic two-way lineman has still been busy with football, with two more schools having offered him to join the four early scholarship offers he received.

"San Diego State and Utah offered me a while back and I just got one from Arizona State," said Toilolo. "Stanford, Florida, Cal and Vanderbilt had all offered me before."

Two more schools that Toilolo is interested in are Ohio State and UCLA. "I like both of them and want to talk more with them in the next couple of weeks," said Toilolo.

In the meantime, Stanford is the leader for Toilolo. "Stanford is my top school and Florida is definitely number two. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh said he'd be down here again and they want me to come up for their Junior Day," said Toilolo.

His top five includes both those schools plus Cal, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

With the Bruins, Toilolo is hoping to hear more from them, especially with the new staff in place. "I didn't hear a whole lot from them when Coach (Karl) Dorrell was there, and he went to Helix. But with the new coaches, I hope I get to hear more from them. I want to camp there this spring," said Toilolo.

The Gators may have an advantage, though, with Helix hiring Troy Starr as their head coach. The former coach at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, Starr left last summer to be the director of football operations at Florida. But he wanted back in coaching and ultimately ended up at Helix. Toilolo said: "I haven't talked to him since he's gotten the job, but he's supposed to come down this week. I'm ready to see what's in store for our team. What he has to bring with his background, I'm exciting to see how things are going to be."

. Toilolo will have a busy spring. He'll participate in the New Level/Scout Pass Camp in Las Vegas next month and return to the Combine, where he was a second team all-combine pick a year ago as a sophomore. He'll also attend the Nike Camp at Stanford.

His plan is to spend the spring working at tight end at the various camps. Toilolo is also being recruited as a defensive end, and he'd play there in college if that's what his future coaching staff wanted. "I'd rather play defensive end before offensive tackle, I know that," said Toilolo. "This year, though, I'm going to keep playing both ways."

Toilolo said he's torn on when he wants to decide. "I'm pretty much open," said Toilolo. "I'd like to make my decision as early as possible, but I think I want to take some official visits, so after I take my trips out there, I'll have a better idea."

Toilolo is coming off a year in which he had 20 catches for 250 yards and four touchdowns.

Academically, he has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 1490 on his first attempt at the SAT. "I will be taking the ACT and I'll take the SAT again," said Toilolo.

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