Leon McQuay III Armwood's elite safety is already one of the top the top 2013 prospects in the state of Florida . On Sunday the 6-foot-2, 178 pound all-American prospect took a trip to USF to check out the hometown Bulls for their junior day and came away very impressed with the Bulls had to offer.
"The junior day went real well and it was a good time," said McQuay. "We walked around the campus; saw the locker rooms, and the facilities. Everything was real nice."
The Armwood All-American defensive back also got to spend some quality time with the coaching staff.
"I got to sit in the DB meeting with Coach Rick Smith and he was talking techniques and stuff and about the recruiting process, narrowing down my choices and making a good choice," said McQuay. "I really like Coach Smith, he's straight forward with you and doesn't beat around the bush about anything."
"Coach Holtz was just talking to me about the academics and how much they like me and all that kind of good stuff about the program," said McQuay. "He's real cool and very energetic. I like him a lot."
McQuay is local, but this is the first time he got to see USF in-depth and was impressed."
"I never seen the weight room before, and it was real nice, so were the practice fields," said McQuay. "I didn't know it was that nice, and they're still adding on, so it's going to be even better. They told me they're re-doing the locker rooms and planning on building an in-door facility. They showed us what it's going to look like and it's real nice."
"I didn't know it be like that. It kind of caught me by surprise," said McQuay. "It was better then expected. "
The 2013 prospect also learned a few things that he didn't know about the school.
"I didn't know about the academic part, and the support that they give you," said McQuay. "That was real nice to find out about and know you'll get the help you need."
The stand-out safety also got to interact with the players
"All the players were up on a stage and recruits got to ask them questions and that was real cool," said McQuay. "I didn't get to ask any questions, but it was still cool."
McQuay was part of a big group of Tampa players at the event, and possibly staying together is always a topic.
The coveted safety talked about the visit affected how he felt about USF as a program.
"It was a good visit and it definitely made how I feel about them better."
As a junior the McQuay recorded 66 total tackles, nine passes defended, four interceptions, one caused fumble and a fumble recovery, as he helped the Hawks to a perfect 15-0 record and a Class 6A state title.
Schools have taken notice of McQuay as he's up to around 20 offers from some of the top programs in the country including Alabama , Florida , Florida State, Miami , Michigan , Notre Dame, Ohio State , Oklahoma , South Florida, Tennessee , UCLA and Vanderbilt. McQuay was a bit hesitant in naming his leaders though, but did say where USF stands.
"I still have to redo my list, I really don't know who's where right now," said McQuay. "USF is up there, they're the home team!"