Toscano is ready to lead

Sometimes talented quarterbacks heading into their sophomore seasons had to rotate with an established starter as a freshman and they didn't put up the stats indicative of a highly rated sophomore. Cerritos QB A.J. Toscano (6-2, 208) is a dual-threat signal-caller and he's ready to take he reigns of the Falcons' attack. caught up with him recently and here's what he had to say…

"It was a pretty easy choice for me to come to Cerritos," Toscano said after a workout with his teammates. "The coaches here are great and they run a spread so I knew I would have the opportunity to get out and really prove to people what I could do in a passing offense.

"I ran a veer offense in high school (Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, Ca.), so I really didn't get to throw it much, but here I have the chance to really put up some numbers and we have a lot of playmakers on our team. We have a shot at really doing something this year and we play in the toughest conference with some other really great teams."

Toscano rotated as a freshman in 2006 with Chad Manis who will be quarterbacking at the University of Utah this fall and he put up some decent numbers with limited snaps – 460 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. With that experience under his belt, he said he's excited to have the opportunity to head up what could be an explosive offense.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Toscano said. "Last year it was tough to really get into a rhythm so this year I'm really focused on distributing the ball.

"This summer, me and my receivers are really working hard on getting our timing down. Last year it was tough at times, but this fall, it's all on me so I really want to get the finer points down so that we can be as productive as we can be."

Toscano had a great combine in Los Angeles, posting a 4.6 forty time, 10 reps of 185 pounds on the bench and a 28-inch vertical. Even more impressive was how he did in the one-on-ones.

"I think I did pretty well," Toscano said modestly. "There were some really good receivers out there and some great DBs. The competition was just incredible and it made us all step up and do our best."

Cerritos head coach Frank Mazzotta had this to say about his projected offensive leader.

"He's one of the most accurate passers I've ever seen," Mozzatta said. "He's really smart and he's got a cannon for an arm. We expect huge things from him this year. He should put up some big numbers for us."

On the recruiting front, Toscano is getting early interest from several BCS schools and said he'd like to make it out to a couple of the schools that are talking to him.

"Oregon State, Iowa State, Arizona State, Utah State and Kansas are the main ones recruiting me right now," Toscano said. "Utah State is the only one that's offered, but the other ones seem like they could be close to offering.

"I'd like to get out to Oregon State this summer and possibly Utah State. I'm not really sure at this point, but I'd like to check out the schools showing the most interest."

Even though it's early in the process, Toscano said he's already begun to think about what he's looking for in the school he ultimately ends up committing to.

"Playing time will be a pretty big consideration for me," Toscano said. "The tradition of the program too. That's important because you want to know the history of their success and how good the coaches are at getting players moved on."

Wherever Toscano ends up, he'll graduate in December and have three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

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