Often smaller high schools play their best athlete at different positions that what the prospect might play at the college level.
That appears to be case for University Academy's Austin LeBlanc. The Kansas City Missouri product plays defensive end and tight end for his high school team, but is expected to play outside linebacker at the next level.
LeBlanc made the trip to Columbia Missouri yesterday to watch the Missouri Tigers practice and scrimmage.
"It was wonderful," LeBlanc told InsideMizzou.com Saturday evening. "I really like Mizzou a lot. I got a chance to check out their first class facilities and a chance to sit down and talk to the coaching staff."
LeBlanc also got a chance to meet and interact with a lot of the current Tigers.
"I got a chance to sit in on one of the linebacker meetings," LeBlanc said. "It gave me the chance to meet a lot of the players, what a great group of guys. They really made me feel very comfortable, like I was a home."
LeBlanc, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete, runs a 4.6 forty participated in a recent Scout.com 7-on-7 Regional Tournament at Ohio State where the Missouri/Kansas team won first place and will represent the Show Me State at the National Tournament to be held in Las Vegas this summer.
LeBlanc finished his junior season with 109 tackles and nine sacks, he also had over 300 yards in receptions at tight end.
"The Scout.com tournament was great," LeBlanc said. "We got a chance to play with some of the best athletes in the country. We got a chance to show case our talent, to show everyone we play a high quality of football in the mid west."
While LeBlanc is yet to receive an official offer, he feels he is close to getting a few.
"My coach is telling me that he thinks that Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas State and Nebraska are very close to offering," LeBlanc said. "Right now I like all those schools, I really don't have a favorite right now."