Scout.com's No. 1 wide receiver, Terrance Toliver (6-4.5, 195, 4.5), from Hempstead, Texas, continues to say that he has narrowed down his choices to two schools - LSU or Florida. USC and Tennessee are out of it. However, he also now admits to having actually decided where he will go and he made this decision before Christmas. But mum's the word for now, while he publicly maintains that two schools each have a 50%-50% chance.
“I already made my decision before Christmas, but I’m not telling anybody,” Toliver said. “LSU and Florida are tied right now. They both have a 50% chance of getting me. It was a very hard decision to make, but I am 100% sure about it. My parents don’t even know who I am going to choose. It’s a secret. I don’t know when I will commit. I might wait 'til Signing Day. I might announce it at the (U.S. Army) All-American game.”
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game will be broadcasted by NBC on Jan. 6 at 12:00 PM central time from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. “I’m excited to play in the All-American game,” Toliver said. “I might announce my commitment at halftime, but only if I feel good at that time.”
Toliver officially visited Florida on Nov. 11. “I love their spread offense,” Tolivar said. “I would get more balls with this offense. Head coach (Urban) Meyer is a good coach. They have a good football team. All the coaches are cool. Coach (Billy) Gonzales (wide receivers) is a good teacher. I really like him a lot. I also like offensive coordinator (Dan) Mullen. He has good plays.”
“Florida and LSU both have good academics and high graduation rates,” Toliver said. “I like Florida because their graduation rate is 80%. Florida and Louisiana have good weather - just like Texas. I don’t like being cold. I like Baton Rouge a lot. I don’t know if I’m going to be a Gator or a Tiger. I like both schools equally, really.” This is Toliver's public stance only. As pointed out above, he has already decided, but isn't telling yet/
“I visited LSU on Friday (Dec. 2) and left on Sunday,” Toliver said. “I like their offense. I love it. I like Dwayne Bowe (wide receiver) because he had to lead the offense. I’ve been a huge fan of LSU since I was little. Head coach (Les) Miles and coach (Todd) Monken (wide receivers/passing game coordinator) are really good coaches. I have a good connection with coach Monken. All the players, coaches and staff are cool. I like all of them.”
“I won last year’s state championship for the long jump,” Toliver said. “It was 24 feet and 5 ½ inches. Arkansas, LSU, Florida and Tennessee wanted to recruit me for that. I’m not worried about it, though. I really want to play football. I can play running back and receive kick off returns, but I want to play wide receiver.”
“I’m excited about Florida playing in the national championship,” Toliver said. “It’s going to be a tough game against Ohio State. I think Florida will win it. I’m also excited about LSU playing in the Sugar Bowl. I think LSU will beat Notre Dame.”
“I would like to go to the NFL after my junior year because I have family to take care of,” Toliver said. “My favorite player is T.O. (Terrell Owens). I liked him best when he was with the Eagles. He caught more balls there. I would like to play with Randy Moss (Oakland Raiders). "He's not as cocky as Terrell Owens. Owens is selfish and he's cocky. Tony Romo (Dallas) and Drew Brees (New Orleans) are good quarterbacks. I want to wear No. 11 or No. 1. I don’t care about the (NFL) rules, I want to wear one of those numbers. I’m going to outshine all of them when I get there.”
Hempstead finished a 6-4 record, with Toliver credited for 42 receptions for 842 yards and six touchdowns. "I love being a (Hempstead) Bobcat," he said.
Toliver says that he improved his route running over the summer. “I started watching my sophomore and junior year films,” Toliver said. “I studied how the NFL players ran their routes. I’m fast. I was jogging in the games because no one could catch me. I’m too fast for everybody. I've got it all.”
Toliver also spoke of some of his friends that he's met over the recruiting trail and some have already committed to schools. “My teammate Chris Tate is fast and a good runner. He's committed to Baylor,” Toliver said. “Joe McKnight (uncommitted) is a good running back. Cameron Newton (quarterback) is committed to Florida. He’s big, fast and can throw. I met him at Florida camp. Jarrett Lee (quarterback) committed to LSU. He’s only 10 minutes away from me. He has more accuracy than Newton. They are both really good quarterbacks. I would like to play with any of them.”
Toliver reports a core 3.0 gore GPA and will retake his ACT in February and SAT sometime after.