Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for LSU's Kevin Toliver II
From Trinity Christian Academy, Toliver's combination of size, athleticism, speed and quickness is impressive. He also has the main mental quality a cornerback needs to succeed: confidence.
With his talent and status as an elite recruit, Toliver warrants a more in-depth look.
Who Is Kevin Toliver II?
Although he only has two interceptions over the past two seasons, Toliver has broken up 13 passes between his sophomore and junior seasons, per 247Sports.
He has been committed to LSU since November 2012.
Toliver will have to decide between playing in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game or the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, since he's been selected to play in both national showcases.
Trinity Christian Academy head coach Verlon Dorminey told Rivals.com (subscription required) in August 2013:
He played a lot for us as a ninth grader; in fact, he started as a freshman. We knew immediately he had what it takes to play at the next level.
Kevin Toliver II's Scouting Report: Strengths
The first thing that draws you to Toliver is his excellent size and length at 6'2" and 185 pounds. He's a big cornerback who still has room to add 10-15 pounds.
Toliver has terrific athleticism to play the cornerback position. He's at his best when he can walk up to a receiver and use his long arms to press and bully them at the line. The Florida native has loose hips and is smooth mirroring and coming out of transition.
Toliver plays with solid instincts and anticipation in off-man coverage, where he displays an impressively fluid backpedal. Plus, his speed allows him to carry receivers deep and roam with range when he's asked to play zone.
Toliver's best asset is his short-area quickness, as he is exceptional at planting and driving downhill to close on a play. His long arms help him get his hands on balls, and he plays with a certain subtle confidence that's needed to thrive on an island.
Kevin Toliver II's Scouting Report: Weaknesses
Toliver's two interceptions in the past two seasons are concerning. Sure, quarterbacks rarely throw to his side, but more production is needed from him.
It leads one to believe that his ball skills may not be where they should be.
He's also usually not the first guy to sign up for run support from the secondary. Adding strength to become a more physical tackler would also help Toliver.
Junior Highlights of Kevin Toliver II
This video, nearly six minutes in length, shows Toliver making plays on the perimeter.
It also has some highlights of him playing offense, but it clearly depicts a cornerback who is a bully at times at the line of scrimmage.
B/R's Full Ride Video Feature on Kevin Toliver
Toliver was featured earlier this month in the Full Ride video series. This clip is a mix of highlights and comments from Toliver about his skills.
It also gives you a feel for how confident he is.
There's no reason for Toliver to be redshirted as a true freshman by LSU head coach Les Miles. In fact, there's probably no reason why he can't be a Freshman All-American in his first season.
Toliver will make at least two All-SEC teams, before ultimately leaving Baton Rouge for the NFL after his junior season.