Brady Leaf is coming to Oregon.

It took Oregon Head Football Coach Mike Bellotti 10 years but he finally got his quarterback from the state of Montana. When Brady Leaf, the 6-5, 205 pound signal caller from Great Falls, Montana, signed a letter of intent to play football for the Ducks, Bellotti finally landed a quarterback from the Treasure State.

It was 10 years ago when Bellotti was the offensive coordinator under Rich Brooks that Bellotti tried to recruit Brady's older brother Ryan. Belloti was unable to convince Ryan to come to Eugene, instead he opted for Washington State and led them to the Rose Bowl before playing a few years in the NFL.

"He (Bellotti) recruited Ryan," said John Leaf, the father of the two boys. "He actually came out to Great Falls for a visit."

Does Brady remember Coach Bellotti coming to his house?

"Not really," he said. "Mom and Dad told me about him coming to the house."

With Ryan's success as a Cougar, the younger Leaf gave some thought to following in his brother's footsteps. But when decision time came, he knew Oregon was the place for him. "We've always had a good relationship with Washington State," John said. "There was a time when Brady was thinking of going there but Brady knows that he has to make his own way and he felt that Oregon gives him the best opportunity."

"Washington State has a great coaching staff and is a great school," Brady said. "I knew if I went there I would be in his shadow. I know anywhere I go I will be compared to him."

As a junior Brady started six games for the team that won the state title, tossing 14 touchdowns and 1,400 yards. Leaf threw for 3,500 yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior, leading his team the state title game. He also scored nine times on the ground. However, his team was unable to repeat as state champs.

"I think I played pretty well," Leaf said of his performance in the title game. "Our team played pretty good. We just didn't win."

John knows that he will be putting his son in good hands when Brady lands in Eugene this fall.

"The coaching staff is great," John said. "I like him (Bellotti), he's very personable. He's been there awhile. It's hard these days for a program to hold on to coaches and Oregon's got a good one.

"We're awfully excited for Brady, he's a great kid. He'll do fine. We're anxious to get him out there and get him going."

Brady's family consists of John, his mother Marcia and brothers Ryan and Jeff, 23.

What was the recruiting process like for you?

"It was kind of exciting. It was neat getting all of the attention. It got annoying sometimes when there would be 4 or 5 coaches a night calling me. Overall it was a pretty good experience for me."

What kind of advice did Ryan give you?

"He helped me out a little bit. He told me to make the decision you want. He told me to take my visits then make my decision. He was pretty supportive.

Why did you choose Oregon?

"I just felt that Oregon was the best place for me. It (WSU) was an option. Oregon is a great school and I always wanted to play in the Pac-10"

What was the Nike camp like last summer?

"I did all right. You weren't really able to show off your real skills. It was mostly drills. I didn't really throw that much. The next day I went to the Oregon camp and was able to show what I could do."

Where else did you visit and who did you have offers from?

"I visited Washington State, Colorado State and Oregon. I had offers from Washington State, Colorado State, Oregon, Fresno State, Boise State, Idaho State and Montana State."

How was your official visit to Eugene?

"It was pretty good, I came down right before Christmas. Kellen Clemens was my host. He's a great guy, real down to earth."

What do you think of the facilities and the campus?

"The facilities are unbelievable. They are the nicest I've seen college or pro. I've seen the facilities at Tampa Bay, Seattle and San Diego and Oregon's are just as nice. The campus seems nice also, although I didn't get to see the gist of it. Oregon's just a nice place."

What do you think of Coach Belotti and Coach Ludwig?

"He (Bellotti) is a great guy. I talked to him on the phone then he came out and visited. He's (Ludwig) a great guy. I'm anxious to get to work with him."

With quarterback Johnny Durocher having already committed to Oregon, did that influence your decision at all?

"Kind of at first, but not really. You think about it no matter where you go you're going to have to compete for a starting position. There is a good situation at quarterback there. I think I'm good enough to compete for the starting job. Maybe not this year, but the next year."

Are you going to redshirt as a freshman?

"Not necessarily. Coach Bellotti is going to wait and see how I do. He says if you're good enough to play you're going to play. I think I need to work on the mental aspect of the game. The game's a little faster. I'm looking forward to coming there and winning and helping out any way I can, whether on the practice squad or on the field. I want to help the Ducks get back to double digit wins, win 10 or 11 games."

Do you know what your going to major in?

"Not really certain yet. Probably business management."

What are your hobbies?

"I like fishing. I fish a lot. There is a lot of great fishing here in Montana. And I play basketball. I'm not going to do track this year."

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