Toal Close to Setting Officials

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Don Bosco Prep’s (NJ) Brian Toal is proving this season why he is rated one of the top prospects in the country. Through nine games, the 6-2, 225 pound linebacker has 12 ½ sacks (he didn’t know how many tackles), one interception, and two blocked punts. Playing running back on offense, he has rushed for 1,020 yards and has scored 30 touchdowns. These statistics look even more impressive considering Toal has not played an entire game so far this year.

Don Bosco, ranked #2 in the country by USA Today, has defeated opponents by an average of 42.6 points per game. They are undefeated (9-0) heading into this week’s regular season contest versus Paramus Catholic, and will face Bergen Catholic next week in the Parochial 4 State Championship game.

Though Toal has had an impressive season, he knows he is not alone in making Don Bosco one of the top prep programs in the country.

“We have a good passing game and a real good defense,” Toal said. “We have a young line that is really good too. Two or three of them are top prospects. The two juniors are Brian Roach and Nate Nurse, and they are both around 6-4/6-5 and 265 pounds. They could be 300 pounds before they graduate.

“With our line, we can really do good things on offense and defense.”

Toal, one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, continues to receive heavy attention from many Division I-A schools. He narrowed down his list of over 20 Division I-A scholarship offers to eight schools. He is considering all eight for his five official visits.

“I’m looking at Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Boston College, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oregon, and Penn State,” Toal said. “I’ll be deciding soon [where I’ll take my official visits]. I’ll probably have a couple of them set up by next week. I know there are a lot of visits I want to take, and I know I’m starting to run out of time.”

He currently plans on taking all five official visits before deciding, however acknowledges the situation may change.

“Right now, I think I’ll need all five.” Toal said. “Once I take my visits, things might change. I’m not going to rush anything. I’ve talked to a lot of college kids, and they tell me to not rush anything. But I’m not going to waste anyone’s time if I know where I want to go.”

Miami is the only school from his list of eight almost certain to receive an official visit.

“Miami is the only one [of the eight] that I almost definitely