The two Pac-10 Los Angeles schools have from time-to-time been able to get top-notch talent out of the Lone Star State of Texas. There is player from the Houston area that has caught the eye of both UCLA and USC.
The Texas player is wide receiver Terrance Toliver (6-4, 185, 4.47) from Hempstead, Texas. The Trojans have already offered Toliver a scholarship and the Bruins are just beginning to state their case.
There is good reason why Toliver is in such high demand that he already has over 15 offers. He's very athletic and versatile.
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Toliver earned the Greater Houston Area Athlete of the Year. For the uninitiated, that is quite an honor. The Houston area is a virtual factory for great athletes for all sports and to be named Athlete of the Year is huge.
The three-sport standout is a three-time first-team all-district selection. That means he was all-district as a freshman another rarity in Texas.
As a junior, Toliver caught 26 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 22.4 yards per catch.
Toliver is also getting some attention on the hardwood as he was District Player of the Year for his basketball skills after averaging 22.0 points a game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 3.0 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game.
Toliver's athletic prowess doesn't end on the gridiron and or the basketball court; he also took state in the long jump with a leap of 24.5. He also takes part in the 4x400 and his best time is 49.0.
What about the two Los Angeles schools has Toliver's interest?
"I like USC because they are good and have an excellent coaching staff," Toliver said. "They have a receiver who is similar to me, Dwayne Jarrett."
"I really don't know that much about UCLA," Toliver said. "Coach D.J. McCarthy called last week. I would like to learn more about UCLA."
"I have no favorites at this time and am open to all schools," Tolliver said. "Education is the main thing; you have to have that first. Getting along with the coaches will also be very important."
"Leaving home at this point isn't a big deal," Toliver said. "But it may once I take my official visits."
"I plan to take all five of my visits," Toliver said. "It doesn't matter where I go to school as long as I make the right choice."
"Like I said I am open to all schools and I don't have a favorite," Toliver said. "I would be interested in hearing from more western schools."