Redmond 'backer drawing interest

THE STATE OF OREGON in 2007 looks to be setting up for an above average recruiting year in terms of D-I talent and depth, although more won't be known until after the May evaluation period and summer camps. One who has caught the attention of a number of schools is Redmond's Kevin Leeland. The book on the defenseman is that he's fast, athletic, powerful, aggressive and with great defensive instincts and reaction to the ball.

Leeland (6.2, 220, 4.7) has received mail from a number of schools including Oregon State, Oregon, Washington, Stanford, Duke and Georgia Tech. Leeland has no favorites at this time, saying he was more familiar with Oregon than he was with Oregon State.

"I like Oregon and have heard lots of good things about their facilities," said Leeland. "And I've been there. Oregon State, I haven't really talked to any of their coaches or seen any of their facilities."

THE MOST CONTACT he's had thus far at this early point in the recruiting season is with Washington, where his dad, Jeff, was a safety on the '78 Rose Bowl team.

"They had their junior day, talked about the defense they run and what going there would be like," said Leeland. "I liked the whole atmosphere. My dad went to Washington. They've always been my favorite team growing up."

Leeland also added that it's early, he doesn't have a frontrunner and remains open to everyone.

"Academics and athletic excellence, and I kind of want to stay somewhat close to home," said Leeland, who is considering Engineering and Kinesiology as areas of study. An excellent student, he maintains a 3.77 GPA at Redmond.

PROJECTED TO PLAY defense at the next level, Leeland said whether that's at linebacker or as a big safety remains to be determined.

"It's too early to tell because this is the first year I'm going to be able to play some safety," said Leeland, who was Honorable Mention All-State and first team all league at linebacker, first team all-league at tight end as a junior.

Future plans possibly include the NIKE combines in Eugene and Stanford, with summer camps yet to be determined.

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