'09 Update: Leon Kinnard (QB)

Junior Leon Kinnard is being recruited by many programs currently, however this weekend he took time to check out one in particular in the Penn State Nittany Lions. He made the trip from Baltimore, Md., to Happy Valley to watch them take on Wisconsin and came away extremely impressed with what the school brought to the table.

Leon Kinnard has led his Loyola High School teammates to a 6-0 record so far this season and while this 5-foot-9, 180-pound athlete is playing quarterback currently, he says he'd like to line up at slot receiver or cornerback in college. This season to date he has thrown for 1002 yards and nine touchdowns to only two interceptions and has also added 443 yards and five scores with his feet.

"I went up to Penn State this weekend to watch them play Wisconsin and met with their defensive backs coach who asked me for film of me playing in the secondary which I haven't done too much this year," Kinnard explained. "I told him I would get that up to him soon, but gave him my offensive highlights for the season until then. He was a very nice guy, as was everyone else I met at Penn State. I felt very welcomed there."

"I actually loved it so much there that I am planning a return trip for the Ohio State game in a few weeks," Kinnard added. "The fans at Penn State are crazy and that has to be the best tailgating site in the country. The campus is really nice and I like that it's basically its own little city in the middle of no where. Penn State is definitely one of my top choices after that visit."

Kinnard is also hearing from a number of other schools including Boston College, North Carolina, Rutgers, Duke, Virginia, Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame right now.

"I actually got a handwritten letter from Coach (Ron Powlus) at Notre Dame recently and wrote him back, so we spoke this week," Kinnard stated. "They asked me to send my film as soon as possible, so I am going to get that up there. I really like what I know about Notre Dame, but I want to go to one of their games and find out more specifics about the program and school."

As a sophomore, Kinnard played quarterback and completed 103 of 185 passes for 1415 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 303 yards and 11 more touchdowns. He was selected first-team All-Conference, All-Metro and All-County, as well as earning second-team All-State honors.

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