ORLANDO, Fla.— The grind never stops for DeMario Tolan. 

“It’s like a machine. You just have to put the oil on it. Shut the power off when you go home. Turn the power on,” said Bo Jack, DeMario’s trainer.

Tolan is a well oiled machine with big aspirations. 

“I’m trying to be the best player around here. The best player in the nation. That’s what I’m going for,” said DeMario Tolan, a four-star linebacker at Dr. Phillips. 

The four-star linebacker is among the top of his recruiting class, an achievement that didn’t happen over night. 

“What you’re seeing right now is a product that has been coming consistently for the last six years,” said Bo Jack.

“Work hard even when nobody is looking,” said Tolan.

A mindset his parents instilled in him at a young age.

“Hard work means do what you need to do when it needs to be done. So that means every time you know you have something to do that means do it. Don’t slack. Don’t procrastinate. Do your job,” said Tolan.

The rising senior recently saw that dedication pay off when he committed to play division one football at LSU. ​