2001 Prospect Profile
Diablo Valley College Vikings
5-10, 170 lbs
Freemont High School
Coming out of high school, Karim Toney wasn't heavily recruited, but he did attract the attention of several universities. He decided to sign with Prairie View A & M University in Texas. However, after a redshirt season, Karim left Prairie View and decided to return home to the Bay Area. Of the colleges in the East Bay, Toney decided to enroll at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.
As a freshman in 2000, Toney played in the shadow of sophomore receiver Andrew Wachter and tight end Ethan Allen (both now at San Jose State). However, Toney still managed to rack up 28 receptions and 9 touchdowns. With the others having moved on, Toney is now the go to guy at DVC. Through two games, he has 12 receptions for 223 yards and two touchdowns. With the emergence of freshman quarterback Kenneth Edwards at DVC, the Vikings' passing game should only get better as the season goes on.
According to head coach Ralph DePew, Toney has a great vertical jump, great hands, and runs smooth routes. Indeed, when I watch Karim against Contra Costa, he looked very comfortable and natural on the field. He is a bit thin and light, but his speed and quickness seemed to make up for that.
Karim Toney will certainly emerge as one of the top receivers in the Mid-Empire Conference this season and will remain among the reception leaders in Northern California. He is a threat as a possession receiver, but he can also stretch the defense with his ability to get deep quickly.
At 6-2, 205-pounds, watch for freshman receiver Marcus Maxwell (Pinole Valley H.S.) to be a great compliment to Toney as the Vikings' larger, physical receiver. More to come in Maxwell down the road.