Over 20 nationally ranked colleges offered Tommy Togiai a football scholarship. The Idaho native finally announced his choice last Tuesday. While his commitment was only verbal at that point, the defensive tackle stated on his Twitter account that he intended to sign with OSU.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer visited the high school in Pocatello that Togiai attended. He apparently convinced Togiai that OSU offers a superior program since the U.S. Army All-American could have had a scholarship at nearly any college he wanted.
The 295 lbs. senior holds the ninth-place ranking of all players at the DT position in the United States. He is currently ranked as a solid four-star recruit. Other polls have ranked him as the second best DT in the current recruiting class.
While he has the bulk necessary to play at the tackle position, Tommy Togiai could eventually transition to defensive end or even outside linebacker because of his speed and athleticism. Most of his weight comes from muscle mass, which means that he could even add a little more bulk while he's in college.
He put up some gaudy numbers while he was still in high school. Togiai earned 11 sacks as well as 93 tackles. This gave him all-state honors in his last two years. He was even ranked consistently on the first-team of the All-Idaho roster. Even though he might be the sixth senior from Idaho to commit thus far, Togiai may very well turn more heads than all of the other athletes from his state combined. He's certainly someone to keep an eye on.
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