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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Zeb Togiai (Desert Vista, Phoenix, AZ)

May 3, 2007
B.G. Rhule
One of the more noticeable linemen at a recent combine in L.A. this past weekend was 6-foot-3, 260-pound Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista offensive line/defensive line Zeb Togiai.

Zeb Togiai having impressive spring.
Utilizing his muscular frame, Togiai employs deftness of footwork and quick hands against opponents, and it is easy to see why he is one of the highly sought after lineman from the Grand Canyon State.

No small wonder, too, that Bruin Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker has shown increasing interest in the young man.

Last season Togiai racked up 32 tackles as a junior, and did an equally impressive job manning the offensive line, not allowing a quarterback sack. His coaches describe him as "hard-working, and driven to continuously improve." asked him how his time at the combine went.

"Very well," Togiai said. "I really enjoyed the combine and my time spent in L.A."
Has he heard from the UCLA coaches recently?

"Yes, they are about to get my transcripts and tape. I am anxious for them to see what I can do. UCLA is a great school with good football and academics."

What is Togiai looking for in a college that will influence his choice?

"Most importantly, how many athletes they graduate, and then the school's football tradition and overall program."

Togiai was hand-timed at 5.0 in the forty, which generally translates to a 5.2, making him rather swift for his size. He showed good movement in the big man competition against some top-caliber talent and humbly states that he "continues to work and to learn."

Togiai has been busy in the weight room, as well as conditioning in the off-season. He bench presses 320 lbs. and squats 4 05.

Recently, Togiai visited Stanford's junior day, and the Cardinal, under new head coach Jim Harbaugh continue to show interest. His father tells that his son has offers from Arizona and Arizona State, and they are expecting a formal offer from Colorado imminently.

UCLA, and Oregon State are beginning to attract the young man's attention as well.

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