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Monday, February 25, 2013
2014 OL Toran talks TCU junior day

By Sam Khan Jr.

Houston North Shore offensive guard NaJee Toran entered the weekend with one offer from an out-of-state school but was excited to take in a junior day at in-state TCU.

The impression TCU made on him was a big one.

The 6-foot-2, 242-pound prospect was impressed by what he saw in Fort Worth, Texas, enough that TCU is now the leader for his services.

"I can't even name one thing [that impressed me]; everything impressed me about it," Toran said. "They're at the top now, for me."

Most importantly, Toran walked away with an offer, his second. Boise State was the first to offer Toran earlier this month.

The Horned Frogs like Toran as a potential center, but they want to see how well he can snap the ball. He plays left tackle for North Shore, but he recently began practicing snaps since many colleges like him as a center.

"Coach [Gary] Patterson called me in his office and he said, 'We're going to offer you. I don't want you to commit just yet, because [we] want to see how [you] snap,' " Toran said. "I've been practicing that. He just told me if I get the snap down, I'm going to be good."

Cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings and linebackers coach DeMontie Cross are leading Toran's recruitment for TCU. Toran also is getting significant interest from Nebraska and Kansas State. Florida has inquired about him, as well. Texas A&M also has shown some interest.

But the TCU trip was a good one. From seeing the facilities, to learning about graduation rates and classroom sizes to trying on a jersey and talking with the coaches, it all went well for Toran.

"I felt like a player [when I tried on the jersey]," he said. "I was excited. I started dancing and everything. I think I looked good in purple."