ASU has attention of JUCO OT Leavitt

Tate Leavitt has high end offers and is interested in seeing if a visit to Arizona State matches the hype he's heard.

Sought after junior college offensive lineman Tate Leavitt wants to take his time during his recruitment, visit Arizona State and is impressed with the talent in the Pac-12.

Coaches usually seek out large, talented, junior college offensive lineman for a quick fix of depth at the position. ASU along with other schools have interest in 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.

Leavitt originally committed to Ohio University out of high school. After a year in junior college he has a new crop of schools interested in him.

As of last week, the 3-star offensive lineman claims 16 scholarship offers including Alabama, Kansas State, Houston, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.

Leavitt made it clear that he is not making his commitment anytime soon.

“I don’t to set a date because I don’t want to feel rushed into it,” Leavitt said. “So for me it’s about visiting the schools I want to see.”

Last week said he made trips to TCU and Texas Tech and also said he will make trips to Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville and Missouri soon.

When it comes to a visit to Tempe, Leavitt said he has not set a date yet and his summer schedule is hectic. But, he definitely wants to make a trip to Arizona State.

“I’ve been told if you go out there, you’ll fall in love with the place,” Leavitt said. “I want to be patient with it which isn’t a bad thing, you know what I mean? I want to explore all of my options and don’t want to cut anybody out before I visit all the schools I want to.”

Like any junior college recruit, Leavitt called immediate playing time his “main priority.” He said he also wants to find a coaching staff, set of teammates and a university he feels comfortable with.

Leavitt said he is being mainly recruited by ASU offensive line coach Chris Thomsen and they speak about once a week. Leavitt said he has not discussed the specifics of the future ASU offensive line depth chart. But, Leavitt said Thomsen told him ASU could use Leavitt’s help next year.

“He’s discussed that my opportunity to play is really high,” Leavitt said. “He’s got to replace a tackle. I can’t remember his name at the moment. But, he definitely mentioned it to me. I don’t know what the whole depth chart looks like. But, I know that he needs a tackle.”

Leavitt said as of last week, ASU is the only school from the Pac-12 that has offered a scholarship and said playing in the conference is the first thing that comes to mind when he thinks about ASU.

Especially after this year’s draft, Leavitt has been impressed with the way athletes from the Pac-12 have moved seamlessly on to the NFL.

“One of my favorite offensive linemen that came out of this year’s draft was Jake Fisher who played at Oregon,” Leavitt said. “The dude’s a stud and then you had a d-lineman like Leonard Williams at USC. You’re going to go against elite dudes out in the Pac-12. Their athleticism is off the charts.”

A planned mid-year graduate, Leavitt said playing against such strong competition has got to be something he considers when making his decision.

At this point in his process, Leavitt wants to make trips and cut his list down. He said he might cut his list down to eight schools soon but does not have a date in mind. He said it is important for him to discuss the situation with his family before he makes any decisions.


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