DB Kinnard Attracting A Lot of Attention

QB/CB Leon Kinnard is considered one of the best corners in the Northeast and is being courted by Maryland, BC, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia. Come see what he had to say about each of those schools and how his season went.

While he hasn't received an offer yet, Leon Kinnard, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the Northeast, is being shown serious interest from schools. "Maryland has shown me a lot of interest," Kinnard said. "My coach talked to there defensive coordinator and he said he's coming to my school on Thursday with [Head] Coach Ralph Friedgen."

Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia and Penn State are other schools that Kinnard said have been actively pursuing him. He's been on unofficial visits with all of those schools except Boston College. He's been offered by the Terps, Cavaliers and Eagles to go to their junior days and he said he "might."

Kinnard, whose been a two-way player for Loyola High School by leading the offense at quarterback, has Rutgers, Maryland and Virginia as his early favorites.

"I like the atmosphere of Rutgers and Maryland," he said. "I also feel like I have a better chance of playing earlier there than at schools like Boston College where I might not play until my junior or senior year. I also like Virginia because I went there and had a good visit."

When will he commit? There's a possibility he can go early if a school offers him the right package.

"It depends on the offer I get," Kinnard said. "If I get a school that's interested in me that I really like then I will. I'm not going to rush anything though."

The Baltimore, Md. native already knows what he wants to major in, so if the type of program a potential school offers will weigh into his decision. Kinnard is also looking for stability within the coaching staff, which is understandable with the recent wave of coaches leaving their schools.

"They have to fit my academic interest, which is (majoring) in athletic training," he said. "The coaches contract, so he doesn't leave when I get there and the playing atmosphere."

Loyola High School went 9-1 last season and made it to the league championship. He wasn't able to play much on defense this year due to a pulled hip and sprained ankle but was still able to lead the team under center. Kinnard picked up All-State honors to go with First Team All-Metro that was chosen by The Examiner and was also All-League.

"I threw for 13 touchdowns and ran for 10," he said. "I had 1,500 yards passing and 500 rushing with eight tackles on defense."

As a sophomore, Kinnard threw for 1,415 yards and had 11 touchdown passes. He was selected first-team All-Conference, All-Metro and All-County, as well as earning second-team All-State honors.
The division I schools looking at him want him to play cornerback. Division I-AA schools such as William and Mary and Towson have discussed playing quarterback for them. Kinnard isn't bothered by the fact that he might have to play on the defensive side of the ball, he actually embraces it.

"I want to play DB," he said. "If I could play quarterback I would, but it's not a problem."

Since position isn't a factor, it appears that he will look to play defense since that's where the major schools are recruiting him to play.

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