Drummer is considered one of the top players in the state of California because of his size and athleticism. An absolute force at the line of scrimmage, Leon has the potential to impact Cal Football immediately in 2003. Drummer's father (whose name is also Leon) was a solid WR at both USC and UNLV in his collegiate career, and his mother ran track at Pepperdine. Leon posted a 5.2 forty speed this summer at the NorCal Camp, along with an excellent shuttle time. He also showed considerable strength, both on the field and in the gym.
I had a chance to talk with Leon this weekend, and here are some highlights from our conversation.
AWP: First of all, have you enjoyed the hometown feeling of being a future Cal player and student?
Drummer: Of course, I am just happy to be part of a great class and to finally be at Cal. I've wanted to go to Cal for a long time.
AWP: How far do you live from Campus? And how many games did you attend this year?
Drummer: I live about 35 minutes from campus. I attended 5 of the games.
AWP: So you are a regular then?
Drummer: (Laughs) Yes, I think you could say that.
AWP: I imagine you'll have a solid cheering section at Memorial games then?
Drummer: I think so. A lot of my family and friends should be able to see me play.
AWP: The reports I read over the past few months regarding you all talked about what side of the ball you are going to play on. Can you tell me in your own words - how you feel about both of them?
Drummer: I'm really open about playing either way. I feel I can do anything they ask of me on the line, and I want to help the team however I can.
AWP: What major are you thinking about at UC-Berkeley?
Drummer: Business Administration.
AWP: Who is your favorite NFL Team?
Drummer: The Tampa Bay Bucs.
AWP: And who is your favorite NFL Player?
Drummer: Warren Sapp.
AWP: My wife loves Warren - he's by far her favorite personality in all of sports. I think you just got another fan!
AWP: Who was the one player who surprised you the most in High School?
Drummer: Well, I'd have to say Lorenzo Alexander.
AWP: I was just about to ask you about your relationship with Lorenzo. Can you elaborate?
Drummer: Well, we have a great friendship. He's a mentor to me in some ways.
AWP: That's great. I know everyone will enjoy watching you play this year. Which players have you met from this years Cal Class?
Drummer: I think for the most part, I have met everyone from NorCal. I know a number of players on the current team, and I know Sean Young too. Additionally, I got to know a number of players at the CaliFlorida Bowl.
AWP: What other sports do you do at St. Mary's? I noticed you played basketball for a year.
Drummer: Yes, but I don't play that anymore. I compete in Track doing the Shot-Put and Discuss.
AWP: Which game are you looking forward to the most at Cal?
AWP: Tell me about your practice habits. What drills do you enjoy?
Drummer: I enjoy the footwork drills, but I don't know if any certain drill stands out. I try to have pure dedication.
AWP: Do you have a favorite musical group?
AWP: What were some of the things the coaches said to you that helped make "Cal" the right decision?
Drummer: Basically, educational opportunities. The family atmosphere plus being the #1 public school in the nation. That's the place I wanted to be.
AWP: I have a strong feeling, Leon, that you grew up being a Cal fan?
Drummer: I did, I love the school.
AWP: Favorite course in High School?
Drummer: Constitutional Law.
AWP: Favorite type of food?
AWP: I have asked that question to a number of your fellow recruits ... and no one has ever said Lobster!
Drummer: (Laughs) My mom has this way of making it. It's really good.
AWP: I noticed you really didn't visit too many schools? Did you feel Cal was #1 place for you all along?
Drummer: That was it for me. I know the family at Cal, and I am a part of that. I really didn't want to waste anybody else's opportunity to have a chance to visit those other schools.
AWP: The most disappointing loss in High School was to whom?
Drummer: This past season's Championship to Miramonte.
AWP: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Drummer: Right here.
AWP: Your favorite Magazine?
AWP: Not Maxim? You better start on it cause everyone coming in this year likes Maxim.
Drummer: No, I mean ... I read that too. We're good.
AWP: The biggest influence in your life is?
Drummer: My mom & dad.
AWP: What do you like the most about playing in Jeff Tedford's system? How do you see yourself fitting in?
Drummer: I think his coaching ability stands out. You can tell he respects the game, and appreciates it. I like that a lot, his care for the game.
AWP: The thing you like the most about UC-Berkeley is?
Drummer: The education. It's one of the best schools in the world, and a rising football program now too.
AWP: As I mentioned to Sean Young, that's a pretty important thing that you have on most everyone else in the class. You grew up around the recent history at Cal, and know the attitude from past players. You know this program is on the rise.
Drummer: I know I couldn't be in a better position, I'm very excited about it.
AWP: Is there anything you'd want to convey on to Cal fans in General?
Drummer: Just that I can not wait to be playing football and attending school. I think Cal fans are the best in the world, and I am excited about being a part of that.
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us Leon. Its obvious that you have the Cal fan in you as much as our readers. Congratulations on choosing Cal!
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