Lee County (Ga.) quarterback Kyle Toole, who led the Trojans to their second consecutive state championship last year, committed to Troy University on Saturday morning.
Toole, a 6-2, 200-pounder, last year as a junior completed 204-of-309 passes for 3,072 yards and 33 touchdowns against just two interceptions. He said he picked Troy over Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Tulane and Central Michigan.
“I’m really happy about it. It’s kind of like a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Toole said in a telephone interview with the Dothan Eagle. “It helps a lot. Now I can just focus on my senior year and trying to get back to another state championship. I’m just focused on getting better every day and working with my teammates.”
Toole said Troy’s coaching staff was “probably the deciding factor” in his decision.
“I love them. They were texting every day. I was talking to them about every day or every other day,” he said. ‘Just building that relationship with them and being comfortable with them. I’ll be around them the next four or five years.”
Specifically, an ongoing relationship with Troy head coach Chip Lindsey made the decision easier.
“We’ve built a really good relationship so far,” Toole said. “I met him when he was at Auburn. He’s been recruiting me ever since. It’s really cool that I finally gave him a commitment. I’m happy for him to be my coach.”
The quarterback has visited Troy unofficially three times this spring. The first time was for a Junior Day event in March.
“I didn’t know what to expect the first time I went there,” Toole said. “It was crazy. I was blown away. It was really, really nice. The facilities are amazing. They’re state of art, really.”
He returned during spring practice and watched the Troy Trojans work.
Toole said he’s working on several aspects of his game.
“I’m trying to add a little speed to extend plays more often, so if the play breaks down I can make something out of it,” he said. “And I’m working on my leadership ability. Senior year, you’ve got to kind of be the focal point of the team.”