No. 19 QB and NC State commit Devin Leary is well-rounded quarterback

Scout breaks down what NC State is getting in four-star quarterback Devin Leary.

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Profile: Devin Leary

Position: Quarterback

High School: Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek

Height: 6-2 1/2

Weight: 185

Recruiting: Leary committed to NC State over a host of offers. He was also looking heavily at Maryland.

The Scouting Report: Leary, the No. 1 quarterback in New Jersey and No. 19 in the 2018 class, does a ton of things well, and it starts with pre-snap reads and decisions.

Having seen Leary play a half-dozen time, including December's state title game (video is at the top of the story), he impresses each time and developed greatly over the last two years. He studies film and knows what he is seeing as he walks up to take the snap. 

Leary is mechanically sound. He keeps his elbow out, has a short delivery with good velocity and he throws from a high position. He spins it well and his accuracy is very good.

Much of Leary's success as a record-setting quarterback during his junior season came off quick releases and pre-snap reads. His accuracy and arm strength allowed him to fit the ball into tight spaces, which will translate well into college.

He has the arm strength to throw the 20-yard out and his touch on the deep ball is very good.

There are times Leary gets to his second and third receivers, but he will need to continue to work on getting through reads because hitting first options with quick passes is not as easy at the college level. He was also aided by a strong receiving corps at Timber Creek, and defenders had a hard time jamming them.

Leary possesses the athleticism to make yards with his feet, but it is not his preferred way to play. He will buy time with his mobility -- he moves in the pocket well -- and his arm strength allows him to make unorthodox throws. He is accurate on the move.

Mental toughness is also a strong trait. In the state title game, he got off to a poor start, but recovered and was the main reason his team won.

Overall Analysis: Leary is a fantastic prospect with a high ceiling. He is not dual threat, but he can run. He made the transition from football and baseball to full-time football player and it showed in his development. He is a pro-style quarterback with smarts and the ability to be a high-level player in college.

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