With offers on the table from NC State, UNC, Nebraska, Maryland, Virginia Tech and South Carolina among others, Greensboro Page standout Javon Leake is generally considered to be the top running back in North Carolina for the class of 2017.
As a junior, Leake (6-1, 195 pounds) rushed for over 2,000 yards while amassing 37 touchdowns.
On the recruiting front, UNC, South Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland have been considered the front-runners but NC State has been working hard to move its way up Leake’s leader board. The Pack hosted him on a recent unofficial visit and he talked about the trip with Pack Pride.
“I was just hanging out with the coaches and seeing the whole campus. They took me around and I talked to all the coaches so it was a fun experience.
“NC State is definitely in my top eight I would say. State is up there. I love the school. It’s definitely a family environment out there. The coaches really care for you so State is definitely one of my options.”
Running Back’s coach Des Kitchings has played a huge role in State’s efforts and he’s made a positive impression on Leake.
“Me and coach (Kitchings) have a great relationship. He shows me around and gets Reggie (Gallaspy) to talk to me so see how the campus is, how NC State is. So, me and coach Kitchings are cool.”
So who’s recruiting Leake the hardest right now?
“I would say NC State, Carolina and Tennessee.”
A final decision may not be that far off as Leake begins to focus in on where he plans to spend his college career.
“I want to make a decision right before the season starts so I’ll have all the pressure off me.
“Definitely I want to see myself at a school I’m comfortable at for four years and not too far from home. You know, I want to stay close to home. I want to go to a school that cares for you and I want to get my degree (Sports Medicine) and that’s big.”