Tolar preparing for Willingham camp

Next week, when football prospects enter Husky Stadium to run through drills at the first annual Tyrone Willingham Football Camp, one of the biggest players on the field will be Pasco, Washington offensive lineman Ryan Tolar. He might be big, but he hopes to change that with some hard work this summer.

"Right now I'm right around 335," Tolar told "My plan is to work real hard this summer and get down to 320 for the start of my season.

"I'm going to be working out with the entire offensive line this summer. The Columbia River is only 10 minutes from my house, so after we lift and run we can go swimming. It's also good for fishing too."

Tolar and his teammates just returned from their team camp at Eastern Washington University and he said that while recruiting had slowed down for a little while, ever since the end of May things have started to heat up again.

"I'm still getting a lot of mail from all the schools who have offered me," Tolar said, trying to remember every school contacting him. "Lately, Colorado, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oregon State have been sending a lot of stuff."

Willingham, offensive line coach Mike Denbrock and defensive line coach Randy Hart have all been contacted by Tolar over the last few weeks and he said all of the conversations have been positive.

"I just talked to coach Denbrock a while ago to find out what days they want me there (for the camp)," Tolar said. "So I'll be there on Monday and Tuesday of the camp."

Tolar has already set up two official visits one to Nebraska (10/7) and one to Washington (12/3). He isn't sure who else will get an official visit, but he does know that he wants to be 100% sure before he makes a commitment.

"I plan on taking all five of my visits, but if I feel sure about a school, then I could make a commitment then," the big man from eastern Washington said matter-of-factly. "I'm not going to prolong something just to take some visits. If I feel like it's the right situation for me, then that'll be it."

One of Tolar's former teammates, RB Leon Jackson, is getting ready to head to Lincoln, Nebraska this fall to join the Cornhuskers, but Tolar said that won't be a deciding factor for where he goes. "It would be fun to have a friend at school, but it won't be a deciding factor," Tolar said. "If I could play with someone I knew from back home that would be an added bonus, but it won't be something that makes or breaks my decision."

With no timetable for a commitment, Tolar should have the eyes of the recruiting world turned to the Tri-Cities this fall, especially with a big senior season.

Tolar is fully qualified, reporting a 2.8 core GPA and a 950 SAT (out of the old 1600 scale).

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