GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Among the nearly 20 schools to have offered, Javon Leake says Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee have risen above the pack.
“It’s just how much the coaches care,” Leake said. “They always check up on me [and] text me all the time. Their organizations are real good. Their offenses are similar to what we run here [at Page High] at all four of those schools that I named and that’s a real big key.”
For UNC, Chris Kapilovic is the caring coach of record. He’s been recruiting Leake, a 6-foot, 192-pound running back, for over a year now.
“He just tells me to keep up my grades,” Leake said. “He makes sure I know that you can’t get anywhere without grades. He stresses that a lot.”
A month and a half ago, UNC picked up a commitment from another running back Adarius Lemons, a four-star from Clearwater (Fla.). Leake says that won’t impact his recruitment.
“[Kapilovic] has said that he wants to take two ‘backs,” Leake said. “He definitely stressed that from the beginning when he first offered me.
“I have no problem with that. I’m glad [Lemons] committed. It doesn’t really make a difference [on my recruitment] because every running back has to work – you have to always earn your spot.”
Among his top four schools, Maryland is the only one Leake has yet to visit. He plans to change that this summer. Also this summer, he hopes to take inaugural trips to Penn State and Wisconsin.
Leake last visited UNC in February. He attended the junior day held in conjunction with the basketball game against Duke.
“That was a great experience,” Leake said. “That crowd was crazy. It was a good chance to see how the atmosphere was at Carolina – how the crowd loves their athletes.”
Throughout that stay, Leake conversed with each member of UNC’s staff.
“They told me to keep working,” Leake said. “Somebody is always working, so you’ve got to keep working.
“They just want me to pick the right school. So, they told me to take my time. They said, ‘Come to Carolina,’ but every coach is going to say that.”
Leake plans to be back in Chapel Hill this summer. A return to Fedora’s Freak Show is a likely scenario.
“I want to see the campus,” Leake said. “I love the campus.”
Leake, who doesn’t claim a leader, says a commitment could occur anytime between now and the middle of the football season. That includes a summer decision.
“Whenever it feels right,” Leake said.
Regardless of when he commits, Leake plans to take several official visits this fall.
Leake ended his junior season with 2,142 all-purpose yards and 28 total touchdowns. Over 86-percent of that production was the result of runs. This coming season, though, he’ll be relied upon more for his receiving ability.