Last weekend marked Seffner (FL) Armwood star, Leon McQuay III’s second visit to Michigan and the Wolverine’s best chance to strengthen their position as his recruitment enters the home stretch. When the curtain fell his time in Ann Arbor they had done just that.
“Pretty much everything, especially the game (stood out),” McQuay III said. “That’s really what I went up there for. I had seen everything else really. I was watching Kovacs. (The coaches) were saying that they want to see me (in his spot).”
The opportunity to compete for that position right away was once again mentioned, but football wasn’t the only topic of conversation. Accompanied on the visit by his dad, mom, stepdad, and sister, McQuay & company were able to gain a better appreciation for how his prospective coaches are away from the gridiron.
“Coach Hoke is a real cool dude,” McQuay III stated. “Laid back. You wouldn’t think he is a head coach if you didn’t know it. Just a real cool dude. Coach Mattison is funny. I like him a lot. He is energetic. He is just a real good coach. And Coach Montgomery is a good coach too. All those coaches are funny, man. I just like them.”
He has similar feelings for many of his would-be teammates. Visit hosts Jack Kennedy and Joe Reynolds again let McQuay participate it their musical creative process, while future Wolverine Shane Morris spent time catching up old times after their memorable battle on the summer 7-on-7 circuit.
“I was with Shane the whole time (during the game),” he said. “He wasn’t really pressuring me or nothing. It was just regular talking. I know we spent some time at Jack’s apartment (working on music). I’m not even sure how long it was, but it was fun.”
Learning more about Michigan’s musical offerings was also high on the priority list. That also was attribute for which the Wolverines were given high marks.
“It was really nice because they sat down with me and went over all the classes I could take,” McQuay III reported. “It was good.”
“I think that was the most impressive on my end,” McQuay III's father added. “His mom has been on two trips with us, and them having his schedule already pretty much planned out was real big with her. No other schools have done that. That’s something that I noticed too. (The education) is not going to be a problem. They have everything he needs there musically. It’s just a matter of him deciding which program he wants to actually do with the classes. He can do a major in the audio engineering, but he can also do a minor and take some classes in business… so he’ll get that side too.”
The overall experience proved so positive that the younger McQuay was sorry to see it come to an end.
“I definitely could have stayed a little longer,” he admitted.
With his Michigan visit now behind him, McQuay III’s focus returns to his high school team where he plans on assisting in another playoff run. Meanwhile on the recruiting front he has remaining visits to Florida State (November 24th) and USC (December 7th). Unfortunately for one of the aforementioned schools Armwood’s playoff success would likely result in the cancellation of their visit.
“The USC visit might not even happen depending on how far they go in the playoffs because December 7th was the date that they asked for him to come,” the elder McQuay reported. “That’s the semifinal round of the playoffs. So it depends on how far they go. We’re used to playing all five games. The last three years we’ve been in the state game. It really depends on how far they go.”
If McQuay III is unable to make it back to the Land of Troy, his recollection of his strong summer visit to check out the Trojans will have to suffice. With his decision date set for the Under Armour All American game January 4th, the midyear enrollee knows that time is of the essence.
“It’s pretty much on me now,” he said. “My coaches and family helped me narrow it down to what it us. They are all happy with my top schools because they feel like wherever I go I can’t go wrong. So it is pretty much on me now.”
To hammer home that point the Sunshine State star is keeping his feelings pretty close to the vest. That said, it’s pretty clear that last weekend’s visit enhanced Michigan in his eyes.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he chose Michigan,” the youngster’s father said. “The defensive coordinator basically sat us down and walked us through how he is going to be used. If that actually holds true, he is going to be lining up in different spots. He is expected to make plays. He has been labeled a playmaker. That’s a lot of expectations, but Mattison has been doing it for a while so I’m pretty sure he can look at somebody and tell exactly what he is going to get out of them.”
Is that a challenge McQuay III is leaning toward embracing? Is Michigan the frontrunner?
“I’m not going to answer that one,” McQuay III answered laughingly.