Dinuba (Calif.) quarterback Isaac Leppke is a multi-sport star - not only gaining attention for his skills throwing the football, but for being one of the top track athletes in the Central Valley, advancing to the CIF state championships in the 110 high hurdles last year. He also stars as the leading scorer on his high school’s basketball team, if that weren’t enough.
Leppke was on the radar of several colleges for football over the summer, but actual landing spots are now coming into fruition.
He earned his first offers from FCS program San Diego and NAIA program St. Francis in Illinois.
“(St. Francis coaches) said my highlights were outstanding and more than what they want to see. The recruiting coordinator sent my video to the head coach and he said it’s outstanding and they would want to put a package together for me. I haven’t seen them play, but I know they are No. 12 in the nation for NAIA.”
Sacramento State is interested in the prospect for both football and track. Coaches for both teams are working out the specifics for bringing him in on scholarship as a two-sport athlete. North Dakota has also shown continual interest throughout the process.
Leppke also recently was given his first opportunity at the FBS level, from the Mountain West.
“Wyoming called me (last week) and they told me they were offering me a walk-on spot,” Leppke said. “They asked me if I’d be interested in walking on because they already had a quarterback that committed really early. They offered me that spot, which I really like because it’s an FBS school and I feel I can really grow if I went there.”
In track, Leppke holds additional offers to Iowa and Fresno Pacific.
High school recruits get five total official visits regardless of the sport. Leppke has visited Iowa and Sacramento State. In January, he plans to officially visit Wyoming and San Diego. Wyoming coaches will also be giving him an in-home visit once the dead period lifts.
Closer to home, Leppke threw for Fresno State coaches over the summer, but communication between the two parties went dormant until recently. The Bulldogs are keeping their options more open with former offensive coordinator Dave Schramm out of the program.
“I heard from Fresno State this weekend,” Leppke said. “I messaged with Germano and said I hadn’t heard of a quarterback committing there yet and that I’m here, I’m open and I’d love to go to Fresno State. They were more receptive and told me they are still looking for an OC at the moment. We’ll see what will happens with Fresno State, that would be awesome. I would highly consider it, that would be something to really think about.”
Fresno State has one quarterback offer to Quintin Davis of St. John Bosco, but quarterback recruiting for Fresno State appears to be on hold until a replacement OC is announced.
Leppke’s elite athleticism has shown on the track and he was able to add it more into his throwing game this past season.
“My athletic ability,” Leppke said of where he improved most this season. “I started doing more things and finding more things in my game that I was really good at that I didn’t know before. My speed and jumping ability and even playing wide receiver. Toward the end of the year, I really started developing mentally with my reads.”