A.C. Leonard One to Watch

You can travel across the country and watch hundreds of prospects and you will not find one with as many physical tools as A.C. Leonard. At 6-3 and 229-pounds with 4.55 speed, 10-foot broad jump and an amazing 42-inch vertical the sky is the limit for this 2011 athlete.

"I measured 6-3 and 230-pounds in San Antonio," A.C. Leonard said. "I ran 4.8 at that combine and my 40-time at the Florida camp last summer was 4.5. I also lifted 185 17 times."

Leonard currently holds four offers at this time with Florida, UCF, Miami and FIU.

"I am a strong player. I think my strength is my greatest strength. From the US Army Combine, I got a great understanding of not letting anyone take me off my route. I feel there are very few that can jam me at the line. I have a 42-inch vertical, so very few can jump with me. As a DE/LB, I am very quick off the ball. My 21 sacks this year help support that. Off the field, I am just trying to concentrate on getting fully qualified before my senior year. I want to improve my understanding of plays and get an even better understanding of the game. I also want to keep improving my grades and GPA and become a well rounded student."

Leonard more than met his goals during his junior season.

"My coach set goals for me that I definitely met. From a personal standpoint, I set goals like getting the most sacks in the city. I achieved that goal with 21 sacks, the highest in Jacksonville. I also blocked two punts, which I had never done. Playing offense and defense helped me understand what different positions required. On offense, I scored three rushing touchdowns. I would like to improve on my receiving numbers next year."

Leonard has been extremely impressive in the camp setting.

"Last summer, I attended the UF camp. That was a great experience, and I am grateful for that opportunity, which also brought my offer from them. I attended the Jacksonville 1-on-1 camp and felt I was one of the best receivers at the camp. Recently, I attended the US Army Combine in San Antonio, TX. That was a exciting experience. I just listened to what the coaches had to say and took in their advice about running routes. Once I got off the line, it was just about making the catch. I made the all-combine first team during this camp."

Leonard has a great relationship with the Florida staff in particular quarterbacks coach Scott Loeffler.

"I have a great relationship with Loeffler, the QB coach at UF. He and I talk frequently, and he encourages me to do well at sports and school. I also talk to my god brother, Shontrell Johnson. He is a recruit for Iowa State. We talk about the recruiting process. I also have a great relationship with my high school QB Damien 'Duck' Fleming. We talk about the game and things we want to improve on. When I attended the US Army Combine, I reconnected with UF recruit Jeff Driskel. I think he's a good QB."

There has been only one school for Leonard but he has other things to focus on at this time.

"UF is and has always been my top choice for schools. I enjoy the coaching staff there and want to help continue that tradition. I look forward to the day I sign, but right now I just want to focus on graduating high school and winning a state championship."


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