Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep linebacker Brian Toal talked recruiting with us following his three-touchdown game in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"I had a good time down in San Antonio," said the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder who was one of the finalists for MVP of the all-star game. "A lot of my teammates were a bit surprised because I was so mello during the week of practice and then when gameday came I turned into something else. I had a pretty good game but I would have liked some more touches."
Toal, who entered the week as the No. 3 tailback, won the starting job over Max Martin and George Bell.
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"It was funny because everyone was asking if I was gonna be a running back in college now," he laughed. "I'll play wherever, but my best position is linebacker."
Toal is still deciding whether he'll take a few more official visits in January or make a decision between Miami and Boston College.
"I'm leaning towards taking a few more visits," he said. "I'm looking at Virginia Tech, Penn State, Notre Dame and Tennessee for my last three. I might not take them all, but I'd like to see a couple other places."
Toal said he has a slight favorite right now.
"BC has the lead," he said. "I feel most comfortable there right now and I know almost every player and all the coaches. But I need to think things over some more and maybe take a couple of visits."
And would he be a running back if BC asked?
"Sure," he laughed. "Heck, coach McGovern from BC called me after the game on Saturday and told me I could be their short yardage back right now. I just laughed. I didn't even get to practice at linebacker this past week in San Antonio, but I hope I showed what I can do even at running back."