ST. PETERSBURG – Over at Admiral Farragut, rising senior outside linebacker Khalan Tolson has quickly made a name for himself.
The 6’0″, 206-pounder racked up 106 tackles (47 tackles for a loss), 17 sacks, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles as a junior.
Entering his fourth season on varsity, Tolson has 19 offers on his plate currently including the latest one from Iowa on Tuesday afternoon.
He says Pittsburgh, Indiana, Iowa State, Syracuse, UCF, USF and Toledo are showing him the most interest. He plans to take visits to the top three schools on that list here this summer.
Other offers for Tolson include Louisville, Iowa, Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Rutgers.
He says he feels that his game has grown the most this summer.
After going 10-2 with a Class 2A region final appearance in 2015, Admiral Farragut took a step back a year ago with a 3-5 record. Head coach Ryan Hearn stepped down after four years, paving the way for defensive coordinator Rick Kravitz to take over.
“He’s very involved with us,” Tolson said of Kravitz. “The whole team loves him and he tries his best to make us better. He tells us to never give up and if you do, just keep pushing.”
Kravitz was a former defensive coordinator at South Florida in the mid 90’s. He was the Gibbs head coach through 2013-14 before taking 2015 off.
Tolson wants the new look Blue Jackets to have this mindset.
“Take no plays off and put in all the hard work and win games,” he said. “We have to pump each other up to go harder.”
Starting his football life at age 6, Tolson was a fullback first before moving to linebacker.
He plays running back in goal line situations for the Blue Jackets.
Tolson pointed to his speed and agility as his biggest strengths. He wants to improve and covering wide receivers better in open space.
His goals for after high school are simple.
“I want to make my best of it, try to get to the next level in college, graduate and then make it to the NFL,” Tolson said. “I plan on studying business and entrepreneurship.”
Tolson is a smart and determined kid. He’s very sound against the run and he’ll make you pay if you let up in pass coverage. Plenty of high Division-I programs love what he can do because he packs power, IQ and speed all in one. Look for Tolson to have an even bigger senior season.
Favorite players to watch – Sean Taylor and Karl Joseph
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, Lil’ Bucci
Favorite movies – Sports movies, comedy movies and cartoon movies
Favorite TV shows – ESPN and cartoons
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I’m the fastest on my football team. My latest 40-time was a 4.55.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Greek God”, “KK Black”
Game film: Tolson’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Scout.com
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