|Position:||RB / LB|
|School:||Gouverneur Central High, Gouverneur, NY|
|Offers:||Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Missouri|
Brian has been a starter for the past 4 years at both
RB and MLB. He has 33 TDs already this season, helping his team to a 6-0
record. Gouverneur has at least 3 games remaining. At his current
pace, Brian has a legitimate shot at the NY State record for TDs in a single
season, which stands at 47. He is closer to breaking the state's career TD
mark (99). Brian has 93 career TDs, and should break the record during the
regular season. He also tied the single game TD record this year, scoring
8 times against Cornwall High.
Most schools, including Penn State, envision Brian playing linebacker in college. Last year, Brian recorded 90 tackles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Although he had an impressive season last year, it may have been his strong showing at a Syracuse Nike Camp that got him noticed. At that camp, Leonard ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, lead all attendees with a 3.94 shuttle time and vertically jumped 33.5".
Brian chose the Scarlet Knights in early August over offers from Penn State and Syracuse. He was also receiving interest from Michigan, NC State, Georgia Tech, Boston College and others.
Brian's brother, Nate Leonard, is a junior this year at Rutgers. He plays
LB for the Scarlet Knights and was one of the reasons Brian chose Rutgers.
Both Syracuse and Missouri have been in contact with Brian since his commitment, but not Penn State. Missouri extended a scholarship offer recently, but Brian says that he is still committed to the Scarlet Knights.
"My commitment is solid," Brian said. "I chose Rutgers because of their facilities, they're getting all new facilities, they're changing the locker room, and their coaching staff is awesome. I like the coaches, especially the head coach. Also, my brother goes there. I like the idea of having family there. I like the atmosphere too."
Brian has been watching them this year, but has not attended any of their games. He is unconcerned by Rutger's bad start this season.
"I knew they weren't going to win this season. He [Head Coach Greg Schiano] thinks that by my sophomore year, we'll be in a bowl game."