The 6-foot-7 prospect lives three hours from Piscataway, N.J., and is preparing for his second visit to campus.
"I like them a lot," Leonard said. "I know about them and they're a good school. They're moving to the Big Ten and they've had a chance to compete for a championship too. They just had six players go to the NFL combine, including their tight end. It would give me a chance to do what I want to do."
Leonard has an unofficial visit scheduled for March 29, which will be his second trip to Rutgers.
"The first time I went, we were just at the facility, so I didn't see much of the campus," Leonard said. "I'd like to look around the school and talk more with the head coach to see what they're all about. … I was very impressed [the first time]. They have a really nice training facility. The field is really nice and the practice fields were too. It's a nice school overall from what I saw."
Leanard's recruiting coach at Rutgers is offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski, who recruits his area of Maryland.
"I talk to coach Wrobo usually every couple of days," Leonard said. "He's the one that recruits this area, but I've talked with coach [Kyle] Flood a few times and I'll meet the whole staff when I go up there next month."
At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds Leonard said he is comfortable in blocking and receiving at tight end.
"I think the speed that I have with my size works very well," he said. "It helps me a lot. I'm quick off the ball and I'm good with my hands."
The best part of the recruiting process for Leonard, however, is the chance to meet so many recruiters and coaches. An aspiring football coach himself, Leonard plans to study coaching theory in college and soak up everything he can.
"I care most about what their coaching philosophy is all about," he said. "Pretty much, where I can fit in with a good program that has my college major and a chance to succeed."
Leonard also holds a verbal offer from Towson and interest from Maryland and Pittsburgh.