4-star LB Henry To'oto'o shares latest on his recruitment, recaps Tennessee visit
Heading into National Signing Day, the nation’s top uncommitted defensive prospect is De La Salle linebacker Henry To’oto’o. With less than two weeks remaining until he makes his final decision, the California native has his eyes on two Southeastern Conference programs — Alabama and Tennessee.
Rated as the nation’s No. 44 overall prospect and No. 3 outside linebacker according to 247Sports Composite Rankings, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Concord, Ca., native is coming off a recent official visit to Knoxville and has a planned trip to Tuscaloosa coming up this weekend leading up to his National Signing Day decision.
Before taking his trip to Alabama, To’oto’o made an appearance on the debut episode of the DLS151 podcast, hosted by Brian Marchiano, to share the latest on his recruitment and the end of his high school football career.
If you didn’t know, To’oto’o’s De La Salle team advanced to the California state championship game his senior season. Unfortunately, the star linebacker broke his foot in practice the day before the title game. However, in an incredible display of toughness, the injury did not sideline To’oto’o for the game.
“Going into the game, I knew it was going to hurt. (Felt) a little bit of pain but I couldn’t let my De La Salle boys down like that,”To’oto’o said on the podcast. “I love them to death, one last ride wouldn’t hurt me.”
As for the latest on his recruitment, To’oto’o mentioned Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is scheduled to visit his home leading up to National Signing Day. While To’oto’o is anticipating Nick Saban to do the same, he said nothing has officially been scheduled with Alabama.
Former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi, himself a graduate of De La Salle, was To’oto’o’s lead recruiter for Alabama before he left to coach the defensive line for the Cleveland Browns. On the podcast, To’oto’o was asked how he found out that Lupoi was leaving Nick Saban’s program.
He revealed he found out on Twitter.
The De La Salle linebacker was then asked about his recent official visit to Rocky Top.
“That visit was pretty cool. They took care of my little brothers when I went down there. (My brothers), my mom and my dad went down,” To’oto’o said about Tennessee.
The California native expressed his appreciation for how Tennessee took care of his brother during the visit, which just so happened to land on his little brother’s birthday.
“They took care of everything he wanted. So it was pretty cool. It was great for the kids, great for me, too,” To’oto’o continued. “Sat down with the coaches and just talked football.”
It remains to be seen how much Alabama can sway To’oto’o during his weekend visit to Tuscaloosa but the way things stand now, it would appear the Crimson Tide are not leading in this recruitment for the nation’s top uncommitted defensive prospect. How much will that change following this weekend remains to be seen but it will certainly be something to watch exiting the weekend and heading into National Signing Day.
Check out To’oto’o’s junior season highlight reel to get an idea of what he could bring to the next level: