West Palm Beach, Fla.--Choosing the Auburn Tigers in December after being committed to both Florida Atlantic and North Carolina in the last 12 months, big cornerback Traivon Leonard was on the Plains over the weekend for his official visit and he’s ready for his next step when he signs on Feb. 1.
“I'm very excited about coming in and playing early,” the 6-0, 190 Leonard said. “I'm excited about getting the workout from Coach (Ryan) Russell. I've been doing some things and working on my craft. I've been in the weight room and have been rehabbing my elbow, which I tore my LCL at the beginning of the season. I'm definitely excited for that.”
Saying that he’ll be full speed for the season following his injury, Leonard’s visit gave him the opportunity to catch up with many of his future teammates and get a feel for his future home. Admitting that the atmosphere and family feel was a big part of his decision along with the woman he calls his adopted mom going to school at Auburn, Leonard said his choice was “a no brainer.”
Originally committing to Auburn and Coach Wesley McGriff after Coach Scott Fountain put in the ground work, Leonard has gotten the chance to get to know new Auburn DB Coach Greg Brown since his hiring and he feels like they’re in good hands moving forward.
“He obviously has a good resume,” Leonard said of Brown. “He reminds me of Coach Fountain a little bit. They both have high energy. I'm ready to play for him. He's a guy that you don't want to let down. He's always happy. He's always going into detail about what he wants and want he wants you to be like. I'm ready to play for him and ready to make him proud.”
Familiar only with departing senior wide receiver Marcus Davis among the Auburn players and recruits when he committed, thanks to both being coached by Doug Socha, Leonard said the weekend gave him a chance to get to know fellow defensive back commitments such as Jordyn Peters and Carlito Gonzalez.
Spending time with them and getting to know one another, Leonard said it put them in a good spot to prepare to play side-by-side beginning next season.
“We clicked pretty fast,” Leonard said. “We're a good group. We have a lot of conversations. We talk on the group text at home. There's a lot of conversation with us. We're going to be a pretty close group once we get here.”