Leno Still In High Demand

San Leandro HS OT Charles Leno (San Leandro, CA) committed to the Broncos back in December and while he couldn't be happier with his decision, he is still the target of many recruiters, and one aggressive Pac-10 school in particular. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his commitment to Boise State and how the continued interest from other schools has affected his resolve to play on the Blue..

San Leandro HS OT Charles Leno (San Leandro, CA) committed to Boise State back in December and he remains firm with his decision. "I'm 100% committed to Boise State," he said.

One school continues to recruit Leno. "Oregon still tries to recruit me," he said. "They want me to come on a visit. I tell them I'm committed to Boise State," he added.

Leno (6'5, 265, 4.9) also had offers from Idaho, Washington State, Utah, UNLV, San Diego State, and San Jose State. "Boise State just seemed like the best fit," he said. "It's not too close. It's not too far. I really like the location."

Charles was recruited by Coach (Chris) Strausser. "Coach Strausser recruited me," he said. "He's a down to earth guy, he's honest, and just a great person."

The standout OT took his official visit to Boise State in November. He attended the Fresno State game. "The atmosphere was great," he said. "The fans are diehards and they really love Boise. They tell me that every game is sold-out and I want to play where the fans will always be in attendance," Leno added.

The current plan is for Leno to red-shirt during the 2009 season. "I'm going to red-shirt," he said. "I want to get to know the playbook, gain weight, and hopefully be ready to play by the time I'm a red-shirt sophomore."

The past couple months have been quite busy for Leno. He's had two different in-home visits with the Bronco coaches. "Coach Strausser came once and Coach Pete, Coach Strausser, and Coach Huff came the day I committed." Charles decided over the weekend that he wanted to be a Bronco and he chose to wait and tell the coaches in person. "I knew I wanted to that weekend," he said. "I thought I'd wait and commit to them when they came for the visit," he added.

San Leandro vs San Ramon Valley is a huge rivalry in the Bay Area. The 2008 edition saw one Bronco on each side of the fence. "Joe Southwick (San Ramon Valley QB and Bronco commit) brings leadership and he's an amazing athlete," he said. "He has good presence in the pocket and I think he's underrated. He's even better than what people say he is," he added.

What does Charles Leno bring to the Bronco OL? "I bring athleticism," he said. "I play on both sides of the ball and I play basketball. I also bring leadership. I work hard everyday."

Leno keeps in contact with the Boise State coaches. "They call me and I call them," he said. "I call Coach Huff, Coach Petersen, or Coach Strausser."

Staying in shape is a big key to future success. "Basketball will keep me in shape and I'll do track and field," he said. "I'll workout with my football coach. He sends a lot of our guys to college. He's been there and I'll talk to him about what I can do to keep in shape."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Charles Leno.

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