|Chris Leak #12
6-0, 205, 4.7
School Preferences - Tennessee and Florida lead
Profle 2003 - Chris Leak(QB)
One of the country's top prospects is quarterback Chris Leak. The signal caller from Charlotte (NC) Independence High School has led his team to two straight state titles. Along the way, he has thrown for an incredible 9,885 yards and 108 touchdown passes in those two seasons.
"Chris is a natural quarterback,' said Independence Head Coach Tom Knotts. "He is a classic dropback passer who can throw on the run. He needs to get a better grasp on the whole game offensively and defensively. He is very good."
If the Leak name sounds familiar, it should. His older brother, C.J. was an All-American High School quarterback at Independence a few seasons ago. C.J. signed with Wake Forest out of high school. He started for the Demon Deacons as a true freshman. C.J. eventually blew out his knee and transferred to Tennessee. Now that he is a Vol, C.J. is pushing starting QB Casey Clausen at Tennessee. Insiders say they are pleased with C.J.'s progress and the Volunteer coaching staff is getting him ready for the 2002 season.
In the meantime, Chris continues to make a huge name for himself on the recruiting scene. It is not even April yet and the younger Leak already has over 30 scholarship offers, including offers from Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and many others.
"Right now, Tennessee and Florida are my top two schools," said Chris Leak. "I love the Tennessee offensive system. It allows the quarterback to be the guy in charge, like a general. C.J. says you have complete control, which is a quarterback's dream. Of course, I have always dreamed of playing with C.J. and that could be a big factor.
"At Florida, I have been impressed with Coach (Ron) Zook. I really like the offensive coordinator (Ed Zaumbracher) they got from Marshall. I will be watching them very closely this season."
Leak is 31-1 during his last two seasons as the starting quarterback. This season, his whole offensive line is back and Leak is a year older and a year wiser. On the downside, Independence will lose wide receiver Mario Raley (Georgia) and Eric Lyon (Duke) to graduation. Nonetheless, General Leak is still in control with his sights set on a third straight title and some National passing records.
"I feel real comfortable with the new guys coming in because they are very eager and willing. I just need to go out there and have fun. My job is to lead my team downfield and score. I play the game to the best of my ability. I would love to set the passing records because that way I feel like all the hard work has paid off."
According to Leak, he is 4,005 yards shy of the career passing yardage
mark and 41 TDs shy of the career TD passes mark. Stay tuned this