Senior sleeper in Alabama
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Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 27, 2013

C.J. Tolbert is one of the top running quarterbacks in the state of Alabama, but his size has limited him on the recruiting side of things. A late offer could result in one of the steals of the cycle.

Dadeville (Ala.) High's tough run through the Class 4A playoffs came to an end over the weekend, losing a heart-breaker to defending state champion Mobile (Ala.) UMS-Wright with less than 10 seconds to play, 35-34.

The week prior, it upset four-star Alabama commitment Ronnie  Clark and Calera (Ala.) High, 35-24.

In both strong offensive performances, C.J. Tolbert led the charge. The run-first quarterback accounted for nine total touchdowns over the eight quarters of action, five against Calera and four more -- all on the ground -- against UMS-Wright.

But at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, the playoff star isn't creating the same buzz on the recruiting front for one reason or another.

"Most schools are looking at me at slot (receiver) or running back," he said. "I've played running back all the way up to this year. I haven't picked up any major college offers yet, unfortunately."

Though fielding interest from several schools, contact has been scarce at best.

"I haven't been in contact with any schools besides Coach Shook from Huntingdon in Montgomery," Tolbert said. "But I get letters from Georgia Tech, Missouri and Auburn. I've actually been to almost every Auburn game as a recruit."

The senior camped at Auburn over the sumer, before he began playing quarterback, and he hopes his versatility can help him snag a late scholarship extension.

"I can definitely play slot, I've got good hands," he said.

Tolbert has no position preference at this time.

"Not at all, I probably am more comfortable as a running back because I've got way more experience there," he said. "But I've been catching balls all my career out of the backfield."

With considerable burst, agility and good enough top-end speed, it's safe to say one program could earn a steal late in the process should they get on board with Tolbert.

Below are clips Scout shot of a recent playoff game. Tolbert is wearing No. 1 in black.

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