Top Target: Brian Toal

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Don Bosco Prep’s (NJ) Brian Toal is one of the nation’s top linebacker prospects, and for very good reason. He runs a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash, outstanding for your slender wide receiver prospect but truly special for a 6-2, 227 pound prospect such as Toal.

As a junior, he made 112 tackles with 12.5 sacks. Toal added 1,250 yards rushing on offense as a fullback, including 24 touchdowns.

Much hype has surrounded the prep star, and he is looking forward to proving his elite status his senior season.

“The pressure and hype is definitely motivation for me,” said Toal, who is rated a five-star player by and a four-star player by “I’m working hard to back up all of the hype surrounding me. I want to show that I can play like I did last year. When people see me play, I want them to realize that they are watching one of the best linebacker’s out there.”

Toal does many things from his linebacker position for Don Bosco. Coach Greg Toal, his father and head coach, moves him around all over the field to utilize his speed and agility. Versatility is just another great asset in Toal’s game, and may enable him to contribute early on the next level.

“Defensively, I do different things out there,” said Toal. “I’ll come off the edge and blitz. I play middle linebacker, but I move around a lot. I cover man to man in our coverage sets. Usually I cover wide receiver’s or running back’s.”

Needless to say, Toal is being recruited by almost every top program in the country. He has received around 35 scholarship offers. He currently likes about ten schools in particular, however acknowledges that he wants to wait to deal with recruiting following his senior season.

“That’s exactly what I’ll do,” said Toal. “I want to wait until after my season is over to concentrate on recruiting. I have about ten schools I’m thinking about right now. Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, Boston College, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee are the schools I like right now. That list could change though.”

An aggressive player, Toal likes Virginia Tech’s style of defense. He may visit Blacksburg this week, however is unsure of his plans right now.

“I like the way they play defense,” said Toal of the Hokies. “They have a really aggressive, great defense. I might go down this week, but I don’t know. I haven’t spoken with my dad about it. I’m not sure yet.”

Toal is on track to qualify academically as well. He has a 2.8 grade