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Friday, February 8, 2013
2014 Texas OG picks up first offer

By Sam Khan Jr.

College coaches stop through Houston's North Shore High School with regularity.

The program is known for its annual success in Texas high school football as well as its ability to produce Division-I talent. This year was no different, as it sent a pair of players off to FBS programs.

The 2014 class brings more talent, and one Mustang who picked up his first offer on Thursday was offensive guard NaJee Toran.

The 6-foot-2, 242-pound prospect, who plays tackle for North Shore, has been getting interest from plenty of schools lately but the Boise State Broncos were the first to officially extend a scholarship offer.

"I was just real excited," Toran said. "It made me feel like all my hard work paid off."

Toran was a first team all-district selection for the Mustangs this season. Boise State defensive line coach Andy Avalos is recruiting him for the Broncos. They're looking at Toran as a center or a guard, but Toran also wouldn't mind the opportunity to play on the defensive side of the ball.

"He said the O-line coach wants me but I told him I want to play defense so he's going to see about getting me on the defensive side," Toran said.

Toran said he has kept in regular communication with Avalos.

"He's a good coach from what I could tell. He's going to keep it real with you," Toran said. "That program seems good. I'm going to try to go up there for a junior day and see the campus. From what I hear, it's a pretty nice school."

Nebraska, Oklahoma and TCU are also showing significant interest in Toran, who plans to visit Boise State in April for its spring football game. Toran said Texas defensive ends coach Oscar Giles also extended him an invite to its junior day and he's considering joining teammate Zac Whitley for it.

He also is considering making a trip to Oklahoma for its next junior day.