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March 29, 2013
Jacksonville Trinity Christian defensive back Kevin Toliver II is coming off of a Defensive Skills MVP performance at last week's Rivals Camp Series in Orlando.
The LSU commit displayed size, speed and lock-down coverage, including an interception, which led to his recognition as MVP.
"He's a great kid that's a tough kid, very football smart, and he's going to do nothing but get better," said Conquerors' coach Verlon Dorminey of his Class of 2015 cornerback. "He's a legit six-foot-two, and a legit 181-182, so by the time he graduates he'll be at 200 pounds and probably grow another inch. That's a Division I corner, anywhere. He's smart enough to call defenses too, plus has good grades and studies in the classroom."
To say that Toliver loves the game may be an understatement.
"My passion for football is a 10 out of a 10," he said. "I can't see myself doing anything else besides football. Not too many people that will die for the game of football, but I will die for this sport."
He started playing at the age of four and feels that gives him some advantage but thinks a bigger advantage is working hard. The sophomore said he needs to work on his speed and judgment of the football but recognizes his strengths are 'being physical at the line of scrimmage and being able to run with receivers down the field.'
Toliver, who runs a 4.6 in the 40 and squats 495 pounds, has set his heights high for the upcoming season.
"My goal for my junior season is not to get caught on (allow a reception) at all this year," he said.
He also feels a very special bond with the other players on his squad.
"All my teammates are my family," he noted. "During lunch I give some of my players lunch money or give them some of my food because if I eat then they have to eat. I bring them to football camps so they can get their name out there and things like that, and they know I will always have their back no matter what."
Despite the 'pretty strong' verbal to the Tigers, he also plans on visiting as many schools as he can before he decides to sign.
"I want to experience more colleges because anything might happen in this two-year period," he said.