Toki Waits Patiently For Right Opportunity

Because he only played in three games this season, many schools do not know that College of San Mateo DL Thomas Toki (6-1, 291) is set to finish up his academic work in the summer, but with four years to play three starting in the fall, the talented defensive line prospect is waiting patiently for the right opportunity to present itself...

"I had played through a bad shoulder for a long time, basically since high school, and it finally just got to the point where I needed to get it taken care of, so I got surgery and only played in three games this season," Toki told "It was the right move for me because it has allowed me to get ahead on my academics, but it also has allowed me to save a year of eligibility and that's something I am working to let coaches know is the case."

Toki does not hold any offers at this point, but there are a handful of schools that have been after him.

"The main ones I have been hearing from are Arizona StateOklahoma State a little bit, Utah and Oregon State," Toki noted. "ASU is the one that seems like they like me the most. They have talked to me almost every week and they could be the closest to offering, but I think almost all of the schools that like me are waiting to see where I am at academically in the next couple of months."

Toki signed with Washington State out of high school, but he said things haven't really been progressing with the Cougars.

"I have talked to them here and there, but I am really pretty sure they have moved on because it's been a while since I have talked to them," Toki added.

After his surgery, Toki hit the books and will look to take a full load of classes over the next couple of quarters.

"I'm going to load up on my credits to make sure I can be done by the end of the summer," Toki said. "Since I got a medical redshirt, I will have four years to play three starting this fall, so I need to get my classes done and show the coaches (at four year schools) that I can get it done (in the classroom) and help them this year.

"I will go through spring ball with my team here (at CSM) and if things don't work out to leave this summer, I will play for them this fall and then leave in January, but I am hoping to find the right place that fits me and needs me."

We'll have more on Toki in the coming weeks and months and we will update news on him as it happens.

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