One of the nation's top two sport standouts is Norco (Calif.) running back Toby Gerhart. Gerhart is one of the elite players in the West region in football and baseball and will take his first official visit this weekend.
Gerhart, 6-1, 230 pounds has been one of the state's top running backs since his sophomore year when he earned Student Sports Sophomore All-American honors after rushing for over 3,000 yards and scored 33 touchdowns. He was a 1st team all-state underclass selection a year ago and is well on his way to earning all-state honors once again this year.
Gerhart has rushed for 1,725 yards and 22 touchdowns this season and Norco was ranked the No. 5 team in the state after a 42-21 win over league rival and previous No. 5 ranked Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Gerhart rushed for 441 yards and scored six touchdowns in a performance that earned him state player of the week honors.
Last weekend, Gerhart played with a badly sprained ankle and was held to a season low 135 yards as Norco was shocked by Santagio 15-14 to ruin their perfect season.
"They scored a touchdown in the last second of the game and then went for two and beat us," Gerhart said. "I didn't play much because of my calf but I thought we still had our chances to win the game."
On the recruiting front, Gerhart will take his first official visit this weekend when he heads to Utah.
"I'm very interested in Utah and think the offense is a great fit for me," Gerhart said. "I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing a game and seeing what the general atmosphere is like. Utah has been recruiting me very hard since the summer and I'm interested to see how I'll fit in there."
Gerhart also has a visit set with Mississippi for the following weekend (Nov. 11) and is close to setting his other visits.
"I want to take all five trips if I can," Gerhart said. "I have six schools I like a lot but don't think I'll visit UCLA since I've been there several times and it's close enough to take an unofficial visit. My other schools are Stanford, Kansas and Duke and they all have said I could play both sports for them. Stanford probably has a little edge because of their academics but I'm open to everyone and don't want to announce anything until I take all my trips."