Jay Toia, defensive tackle for the Grace Brethren High School Lancers in Simi Valley, Calif., has been named a finalist for the USA Today Los Angeles Football Defensive Player of the Year. He will be among those recognized on May 19 at the UCLA campus. A portion of the yesterday’s online post appears below. Click here to read the complete article. (Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley, Jordan Bakker, senior pastor.)
School: Grace Brethren (Simi Valley)
Position: Defensive tackle
Noteworthy: Toia grew up playing rugby, but he has fully transitioned to football as a 300-pounder who relishes leveling opposing linemen. He had 43 tackles, eight tackles for loss and six sacks.
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