Blue Devils Await Leonard's Commit

Already with six three star caliber prospects and one five star committed to his program, Duke head coach Ted Roof has virtually guaranteed himself a seventh three star player as one of the top 100 players in the west region will commit to Duke on mid-January.

"Right now I am only talking to Duke, and I plan on committing to them when I visit on January 14th," said 6-foot-1, 220 pound Seattle Rainier Beach (Wash.) linebacker Adam Leonard in an interview with Scout.com. "I thought about just committing to them, but I'd really like to at least see the campus before I do. I spoke with some of the coaches and told them that's what I plan to do."

And with that, the Duke recruiting class continued to improve from it's initial perch of No. 35 in the country before the Devils landed five star prospect Vince Oghobaase last week.

While the Blue Devils have virtually secured a commitment from Leonard, this one isn't quite wrapped and delivered.

"If any other schools come into the picture before then, that's great. I'll look at them, but as it stands right now, I am going to Duke."

According to several recruiting analysts connected with Scout.com, Leonard would have challenged for four-star status, but suffered a summer knee injury, which required surgery to his left knee, and a torn ACL in his right knee in September, which also required surgery.

"Duke has never left me throughout the process. They have been completely honest the entire time. Other schools were a bit scared of the injuries and they either told me they were going in another direction, or they just stopped calling."

As far as Leonard's prognosis, should he go to Duke, the coaching staff has told him they will take a ‘wait and see' approach.

"They made me feel like they'd be willing to wait as long as it takes for me to get to 100%. If I have to red-shirt I will. I just want to show them what I can do. Duke also has a great med-school, so I'd have some of the best doctors in the world looking after me."

A two-time Metro League Sound Division defensive MVP and two-time all-league selection, Leonard saw his high school career end in early October when he suffered the knee injury. Before the injury he also caught 23 passes for 525 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2003, while recording over 90 tackles as a junior.

LINK: See Adam Leonard in action.


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