We first saw La Mesa (Calif.) Helix tight end Levine Toilolo a year ago at the NorCal NIKE Camp at Stanford. The mammoth tight end was impressive then and even more impressive this past weekend.
At 6-7.5, 239 pounds, Toilolo is similar in size to '08 tight end and Notre Dame signee Joe Fauria. Like Fauria a year ago, Toilolo had a great camp and showed he has the athleticism to play the tight end position.
When you see an athlete the size of Toilolo, the first thing you think of is, 'this guy is going to bulk up and make a great left tackle.' While that could happen, it's not something Toilolo is anxious to do.
"Levine really wants to stay at tight end or even defensive end," Toilolo's father Ray said. "He wants to maintain his weight around 245 pounds and is working very hard at that. He hears people saying 'offensive line' but he really likes it at tight end. USC wanted to offer him as an offensive lineman but he would rather play tight end.
"Levine is his toughest critic but said he had a great time at the camp Sunday. He liked the competition and going up against the top players in the area. He has a good relationship with guys like (Morrell) Presley, (Todd) Golper and (Michael) Phillip and it's always fun for him to see those guys."
Toilolo showed great hands, doesn't fight the ball at all, runs smooth routes and is obviously a huge target at his size. He has the potential to be a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses in the red zone and has the hands to be a teams go to guy on third down plays.
On the recruiting front, Toilolo gave an early commitment to Stanford but will give UCLA a look this coming weekend.
"Levine is going to go to UCLA's Spring game this Saturday," Ray said. "Coach Neuheisal and Chow want to meet with him and he does have some interest there. They asked Levine to give them a chance, so he's open to listening and getting to know more about UCLA and their staff.
"Right now, we're just keeping our options open. You just never know with Stanford admissions process, and what can occur from now til February. Saying that, Levine really likes Coach Harbaugh, the rest of the staff and all that Stanford offers, and it's also a plus that Levine has a good chance to see the field sooner than later there."