Georgia Athlete Jarrel Leonard

Jarrel Leonard is the son of boxing superstar Sugar Ray Leonard. Like his father, Jarrel is a terrific athlete. Penn State is one of his favorite teams.

Name: Jarrel Leonard
Position: WR / RB / CB
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.48 (at Georgia Tech camp)
Bench Press: 245 pounds
School: Chattahoochee High, Alpharetta, Georgia

During his senior season, Jarrel split time between WR and RB on offense, and played CB on defense during the first couple of games.  He also returned kickoffs and punts.

"At the end of the regular season, we were 10-0," Jarrel said.  "Then, we lost in the second round of the playoffs to Dacula.  We were region champions.

"I played cornerback for the first two games.  After that, my coach decided that he only wanted me to play on offense so I wouldn't get tired during the game.  I kind of wanted to play cornerback more.

"I had 8 touchdowns, I know that.  I'm not sure how many yards or receptions I had though.

"I'm working with a trainer from Nike right now.  It's going pretty well.  It's hard though.  I really want to work on my strength, but I also want to keep my speed.  I don't want to put on too much weight and lose speed."

Jarrel is being recruited as a WR or CB.

"Right now, I have offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson, Penn State and Kentucky.  Those are verbal offers.  They couldn't give me an offer because I haven't taken the SAT yet.  I'm scheduled to take it for the first time on the 26th of this month.

"I was supposed to take it in November, but some things came up, and then I moved to California in December.  Now, I'm scheduled for the 26th."

Does Jarrel have any official visits scheduled?

"Yes I have.  They're all coming later in the year, in March.  I'm going to Georgia Tech and Penn State.  I haven't set those up yet."

Jarrel was unaware that the signing period ends on April 1, 2002.

"I'm going to call my mom ASAP, and maybe she can schedule some visits earlier than that."

Are coaches still calling?

"Yes, David Kelly from Georgia Tech and Brian Norwood from Penn State call me about once or twice a month to check in and see how I'm doing.

"Penn State is recruiting me as a cornerback, and Georgia Tech is recruiting me for special teams and as a wide-receiver."

Jarrel would prefer to play on offense, although he will play "wherever I need to play."

He favors Georgia Tech at this time.

"I really like Penn State's facilities.  I like Georgia Tech's location, and they have a very good academic program, as well as a good football program."

The academic program is most important to Jarrel.

"Georgia Tech is a great school."

Jarrel has been to Georgia Tech once, for a camp this summer.  He also has taken an unofficial visit to Penn State.

He has not yet spoken with Georgia Tech's new head coach, Chan Gailey.

He has not yet received information from Penn State regarding their academic programs.  He plans to major in Computer Engineering.

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