Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep linebacker Brian Toal has been keeping an eye on the happenings in the ACC and the Big East. Now that Virginia Tech and Miami are gone, does he have any interest in Big East teams?
"I still like Boston College because the situation there is good for me as far as playing time, academics and things like that," said the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder. "But who will they be getting to replace Miami and Virginia Tech? I don't want to play in a conference without top teams."
It just so happens that both Miami and Virginia Tech are on Toal's short list as well as the Eagles.
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"This really helps both of them, especially Tech," he said. "Miami is Miami and they'll win and have great weather no matter what conference they play in. But Tech is now in a possible super conference and that makes them more attractive."
It also helps another ACC team.
"Maryland now moves up on my list as well," he said. "They're a good program and are now in a great conference."
Iowa, Penn State, Notre Dame and Nebraska are also still on Toal's list. One rumor has Penn State being courted by the Big East.
"That would be good for BC, but I don't know how good it would be for Penn State," he said. "But the Big East needs a team at the top, a team with a winning tradition. Penn State would be a great fit."
In the meantime, Toal will sit back and wait and see what happens to the Big East.
"If they add a few good teams and keep their BCS bid, then I'll still look at BC," he said. "But right now I just feel bad for them. It's not a good situation."
Toal's older brother, Greg, is a senior fullback for the Eagles. Click below for exclusive video clips of Toal.
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