Player Profile: Palomar WR Tobias Shanks

One of the biggest playmakers in the JUCO ranks this year will be Palomar WR Tobias Shanks (6-3, 200) and he's confident he can boost his stock even more after an excellent freshman season. spoke to Shanks recently and he talked about his plans for the summer and what schools have caught his interest.

"I had a good year, but I expected more out of myself," Shanks said. "I had 39 catches for 753 yards and nine touchdowns, but I know I can do better than that."

In 2006, Shanks had an All-American quarterback throwing him passes -- Connecticut-bound Tyler Lorenzen -- and he had two other wideouts gobbling up passes (Tyler Fenton and Marques Parker). While Parker returns, Shanks knows he's the man who will be marked by opposing defenses.

"I need to get bigger and stronger," Shanks said. "I can do it all out on the field, but getting stronger will make me that much better."

Shanks boasts a 4.45 forty time and an impressive 36-inch vertical as well.

"I like playing outside because that lets me have the advantage of being able to run past guys," Shanks said. "I can go across the middle too, because that's where you can really hurt defenses nowadays with the soft spots in the zones."

Shanks prepped at Port Gibson High School in Mississippi and then signed with San Diego State to play his college ball.

"It just wasn't a good situation there, but that wasn't the coaches or players' faults...I just had some personal stuff I had to take care of," Shanks said. "It's all worked out good though...I'm happy I'm here."

On the recruiting front, Shanks said he's hearing from three schools right now, but more have been calling his coaches hoping to get tape of the big playmaking wideout.

"Oregon, Ole Miss and Nebraska are the big three right now, but I hope there'll be more," Shanks said. "I just want as many options as possible before I decide to do anything.

"Playing closer to home like at Ole Miss would be cool, but I could play anywhere really. I just want the right fit. If I find that it doesn't matter where the school is."

Shanks expects to get his two-year degree in December and, because he redshirted his first year at SDSU, he'll have two to play two.

We'll have more from Shanks as the spring evaluation period gets underway.

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