Cathedral Catholic High School -- San Diego, California
Outside Linebacker. 6'3" 231 pounds.
Rivals Rank: Three stars; #40 outside linebacker.
ESPN Rank: Three stars; #102 outside linebacker.
Scout Rank: Three stars; #105 outside linebacker.
247 Rank: Three stars; #96 outside linebacker.
Key Offers: Harvard, Utah, Washington, Washington State
Stanford football has recently become known for producing offensive lineman and tight ends on offense, but the linebacker production line has been equally impressive. From 2011 to 2014 four different Stanford linebackers have been named first-team All Pac-12: Chase Thomas (twice), Trent Murphy (twice), Shayne Skov, and A.J. Tarpley. As impressive as that is, it should be noted that Thomas, Murphy, and Tarpley were all three-star recruits, players expected to be good but not great.
Three-star linebacker Casey Toohill, who hails from Tyler Gaffney's alma mater, Cathedral Catholic, should take note. While Rivals ranks him just a tick below the four-star level, Toohill seems to have the ability and work ethic to outperform that ranking. His senior year highlights reveal him to be similar to Chase Thomas, an outside linebacker who's at his best blitzing the quarterback from a standing start. It's easy to imagine him being used in a role to similar to Peter Kalambayi's -- a heat-seeking missile on third and long. His film doesn't show him dropping into coverage at all, but the coaches have expressed confidence that he can do that well. Toohill appears to have all the necessary tools to keep Stanford's linebacker tradition alive and well.