Toki Talks Commitment, New Schools

Thomas Toki

Thomas Toki, the defensive tackle who moved to NorCal, is verbally committed to Washington State, but will visit two local schools and go see another for a second time...

b>LAS VEGAS -- Thomas Toki hedges when he talks about his commitment to Washington State. First, he says he's decommitted as of two days ago, then, he says, "I haven't made it official."

"I'm thinking about it, because there are other programs that I'm also looking at," Toki said on Sunday at the Pylon Elite 7on7 event. "That was the wrong choice for me to commit early."

Toki has long wavered in his commitment to the Cougars, and lately, several suitors have intensified their pursuit of the 6-foot-1, 292-pound defensive tackle, who recently moved from the Seattle area down to Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis.

"Oklahoma State, I'm looking at UCLA a lot, and Cal and San Jose State," Toki said.

The Golden Bears have been hanging around for a while, with former defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks starting the relationship, and newly-christened defensive line coach – and former defensive ends coach -- Garret Chachere taking it over recently, inviting Toki to an unofficial visit this coming Sunday with his parents, after an unofficial visit to San Jose State.

"They've been coming in since my sophomore year, but they haven't offered anything yet," Toki said. "They've been talking to me a lot, sending me a lot of letters."

Toki took an unofficial visit to UCLA before the Los Angeles NFTC, and liked it so much that he'll be making a return trip to Westwood during spring break.

"I like the fact that they take guys to the NFL, and the coaching atmosphere, and I like the weather out there, too, in L.A."

Toki also said that he's been speaking regularly with the Cowboys' Beni Tonga, and is looking to take an unofficial out to Stillwater, Okla., soon, as well.

Academically, Toki has a 2.7 GPA, but this fall semester, he scored a 3.2, and is working diligently to up his cumulative GPA. He'll also be taking the ACT next month, and the SAT soon, as well.

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