Toma Has An Eventful December

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou receiver Roby Toma, who committed to UCLA in October, has had a December to remember, with a state championship win and national honors coming his way...

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou receiver Roby Toma (5-9 ¾, 160) has had an eventful December.

The UCLA commit led Punahou to its first ever state championship in football, represented his home state in the Hawaii-Mainland All-Star Game, then received a big honor when he was selected to the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando.

Still, nothing was quite as exciting as the state championship.

"It was very exciting because it's been a great year," said Toma. "It was awesome to win the first state championship, and live up to the hype. It was definitely a great feeling. Ten years from now, everyone will be talking about it. Ten years from now, they'll be talking about us."

After the state championship game, came the Hawaii-Mainland game, where Toma was one of the standouts for Hawaii, despite the loss.

"The Mainland Game was real good for us for Hawaii, because we got to represent our state and play with some great players against some great players. I just wanted to show what I could do," said Toma.

Then came the honor that Toma never expected.

"I wasn't expecting to be playing any more football, then I got a call from the people at the UnderArmour game and I was speechless. I didn't know what to say. Last year, I watched it on TV. It's a real honor and a blessing because there is only three of us from Hawaii going to the game," said Toma, who will be joined by teammate Manti Te'o and UCLA commit Stan Hasiak from Hawaii.

Two other UCLA commits will be there as well, tight end Morrell Presley and quarterback Richard Brehaut, and Toma is looking forward to spending time with them.

"I'm exciting to get to hang out with Richard, and getting to play with him and a little warm up for college," said Toma. "And with Morrell Presley, I heard he committed and that was big because he's the #1 tight end in the nation. I can't wait to get out there."

Toma said he's leaving Te'o alone for the most part on his recruitment, but he still chats with Hasiak and spoke with him at the all-star game.

"I spoke to Stan over the all-star game and he said he really likes UCLA and he's planning to go there. So hopefully he sticks to his commitment."

Toma said that following his commitment to UCLA, some more schools started to show interest in him, but he's solid to the Bruins.

"The coaches know I'm solid. I've seen other coaches, like Charlie Weis, and he even did the 8-clap for me. They know I committed and I will keep my word with UCLA," said Toma.

Toma's stock has been on the rise since the end of his big senior season, culminating with him moving up to a three-star.

"I'm just glad that the rest of the nation got a chance to see what I can do. I'm hoping to do it again at the UnderArmour game," said Toma.

Toma said he's planning to visit UCLA officially in January.

"I'm visiting on January 16th, with Xavier Sua-Filo and Aulola Tonga, from Kahuku is coming that weekend."

Toma led the state of Hawaii in receiving as a senior.

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