Five-Star Linebacker Considering Options

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Brian Toal has continued the success he enjoyed from last season, helping to lead Don Bosco Prep (Wykoff, NJ) to an undefeated 6-0 mark and a #4 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 football rankings.

Through six games, the 6-2, 227 pound running back/linebacker has rushed for 22 touchdowns, made 72 tackles, four sacks, and has had two blocked punts in six games.

Though he is a talented running back, Toal fully expects to play linebacker in college.

“I guess there’s a chance I could play running back,” said Toal with a slight laugh. “But I just don’t see it happening. Schools are looking at me primarily as a linebacker – an inside guy.”

Of the many schools recruiting Toal, eight remain under consideration. No official visits have been finalized, however one to Miami may be set soon.

“I’m considering Miami (FL), Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Oregon, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Penn State,” said Toal. “It’s not final, but Miami is talking to me a lot about visiting on December 19th. I haven’t set up any other dates. I’ll take my visits in December and January and then I’ll be finished.”

Toal says he does not have a favorite, though there are two schools he is extremely interested in.

“No, I don’t really have a leader,” said Toal. “I do like Miami a lot – the National Championship kind of draws me in – and I do like Boston College a lot, but I do want to take my visits. I’ve never really been to a lot of places. A lot of my decision will come from my official visits.”

Miami will receive an official visit, while there is a chance Boston College will not. Toal, who’s brother Greg plays for Boston College, admits he has “already been to Boston College so many times. I could probably give a tour of the school if I needed to. I’ll probably end up visiting there though.”

Another school in good shape to receive an official visit is Virginia Tech. Toal was hoping to make it down for the Miami game this weekend, but cannot because his team plays on Saturday.

“I definitely want to visit Virginia Tech and I’m excited about it,” said Toal. “I really like their coaches. I’ve talked with Coach Beamer a couple of times and I talk to Coach Rogers, who’s recruiting