Kevin Toliver (Jacksonville, Fla. Trinity Christian academy) committed to the LSU Tigers 10.5 months ago, but that hasn’t stopped the No. 1 cornerback recruit in the class of 2015 from flirting with other programs including an SEC rival.
The 247Sports composite five-star prospect will be in Florida for the second time since Aug. 31 on Saturday to see the Gators, and head coach Will Muschamp and ace recruiter and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson are showing him lots of love.
Toliver tells Luke Stampini, “They just told me how bad they really want me there and was talking about the depth chart they have at corner and all the corners they are recruiting for the 2014 class that’s coming in next year and where I would fit in at in their defense,”
He would be a perfect fit wherever he decided to play his college football, but at Florida he could follow the Vernon Hargreaves plan. Hargreaves was the No. 1 cornerback recruit in the nation this past winter and already has two interceptions for the Gators and earned a starting job.
“They said if I just come in and work hard and do my best and win the spot, they will start a freshman, Toliver said. “I know the Tennessee game is going to be real loud and that’s one of the reasons I really want to go.”
Most often when recruits commit to a school it means two things. The first is the kid commits to his dream school after getting his dream offer and wants to shut down his recruitment and focus on school and his high school career. Secondly, a kid commits because he’s excited about an offer and gets pressured into an early verbal only to decommit later in the process and take visits and eventually commit to another school.
Which camp does Toliver fall into? Only time will tell as he is only a few weeks into his junior season, but these comments to Stampini were the most telling to me about his future plans.
“I would say it’s still open, but I’m still 100-percent with LSU. It’s pretty solid right now. I’m just waiting for these two years to pass and we will just see what happens.”
Reading between the lines that means he is committed to LSU—for now—but he is going to listen to offers and take visits to Florida and Florida State among others between now and the start of his senior season.
This is par for the course in the world of college football recruiting, but Toliver has family ties to Louisiana, says primary recruiter Corey Raymond is like a father figure, and his idol is former LSU corner Patrick Peterson.
The player Toliver is most often compared to? Peterson himself, so I wouldn’t be worried about Toliver signing elsewhere, but it looks like a situation that bears monitoring over the next year.