Class of 2022 linebacker prospect DeMario Tolan is one of the most highly-sought after linebacker prospects in Florida. The Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High School product is reported to have over three dozen scholarship offers. However, Tolan says that there are several schools that standout in his recruitment including FSU.
Tolan, a four-star recruit who is ranked as the 9th-best inside linebacker in the country for the class of 2022, says that FSU, Miami, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Oregon are the schools leading the way in his recruitment.
He also says that his relationship with FSU linebacker coach Chris Marve is one the big reasons the Seminoles are among his favorites.
“We have a brotherly type of relationship where we can talk to each other about anything,” said Tolan of his relationship with Marve, which started last November.
Tolan, who is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, did visit FSU unofficially last year before the NCAA instituted a lengthy dead period last March. Tolan and FSU’s staff have also met in person on an unofficial visit before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The rising senior feels like his ability to play from sideline-to-sideline is what makes him a good football player.
“My speed and my ability to fly around the field, as well as my ability to play anywhere on the field,” said Tolan on his strengths as a linebacker.
Tolan does have four official visits set for this summer — Tennessee (June 4), Auburn (June 11), LSU (June 18) and Miami (June 25) — but insists that despite not having an official visit to FSU planned the Seminoles are still very much involved in his selection process.
“Florida State is definitely one of my top schools right now,” revealed Tolan.
Osceola football analyst Patrick Burnham contributed. All prospect rankings and ratings are taken from 247Sports.