Anthony Barr, Trevor Reilly, Kyle Van Noy. What do all these future NFL players have in common? They all play/played a hybrid OLB/DE position in college. Having a defensive player that can line up at either position can be a huge asset for a defense, and it seems every team in the country agrees with this sentiment, as a premium has been made for recruiting athletic OLB/DE prospects. Enter Casey Toohill. At 6'4-225, Toohill has the prototypical frame to add another 20 pounds and play a similar role to Ute great Trevor Reilly. It also helps that Toohill has good speed to go along with his size, as he ran a Nike SPARQ verified 4.61 40 yard dash this Spring. Toohill has the prototypical size and speed to play that OLB/DE position, and college coaches are starting to notice that, as Utah decided to extend an offer over the weekend.
It's always a special experience for a recruit to receive their first offer, and the Utah offer made a big impression on Toohill. "I was ecstatic. It was my first offer, and I was very excited to get it from Utah." New offensive coordinator Dave Christensen was the coach to extend the offer to Toohill, and is also his main recruiter. "(Coach Christensen) is great to talk to, and he's made a great effort to get to know me as a person and as a football player." Toohill had been talking to the Utah coaching staff for a while, but was caught a bit off guard when he received word about the offer. "(The offer) came as a very pleasant surprise. I'm still learning about the university, but I've liked what I've heard so far." With more and more schools looking for versatile defenders like Toohill, expect more schools to throw their name in the hat for him. In fact, it didn't take long for Toohill to get his second offer. "San Diego State just offered today. I have also been talking to Boston College and the Ivy League schools." The Ivy League schools may present a tempting offer for Toohill, as he puts a premium on his education, and even holds a 4.5 GPA. "Academics are a priority for me. I also fell that football helps me manage my time, so that I can maintain my grades."
A big reason why Toohill's recruiting is just barely starting to take off is that he broke his arm last year, and missed 7 games in the middle of the season. "I missed the middle 7 games, but was able to return for three playoff games, so that was great. Missing 7 games was really difficult, but it makes me look forward to next season even more." With more and more schools starting to check him out, Toohill plans on making some visits this summer. "I plan on attending the Notre Dame & Boston College prospect camp and maybe some Ivy League camps. I would also like to visit Utah over the summer, but my schedule is not completely set yet." Toohill said that both his parents attended Notre Dame and that they were his favorite team growing up, but doesn't have any current favorites and is still trying to learn more about each school. As for his timeframe for making a decision, don't expect to hear anything before the 2014 season. "I would like to focus on my high school season first, so I'll hopefully commit after the season ends." One thing is for sure though; Toohill is going to be someone to keep a close eye on during the 2014 season.
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