UT 2nd for linebacker

Tennessee is running a close second for one of the West Coast's top linebacker prospects.

Adam Leonard is a 6-1, 220-pounder from Rainier Beach High of Seattle, Wash. Although he grew up closer to the University of Washington, he's always been a fan of the Oregon Ducks.

''They caught my attention as a kid,'' Leonard told Allen Wallace of TheInsiders.com. ''I liked watching them play against Washington.''

Oregon reportedly has a slight lead over Tennessee, Nebraska, UCLA and Washington State.

''Like any prep player, I like the big-time schools, and that's why I like Tennessee,'' he said. ''They have a name and are established. I'm going there to check them out for the spring game on April 17 and see if I like it.''

Leonard, who doubles as a tight end, finished his junior season with 23 catches for 525 yards and 10 TDs. Defensively, he had 90 tackles.

A two-time all-league pick, Leonard boasts a 325-pound bench press and a 550 squat. Clearly, he has the power to produce at the big-time level.

''I can read linemen well and I'm pretty strong,'' he said. ''I play well sideline-to-sideline. I need to work on my overall speed and quickness. I want to improve my footwork and getting off blocks better.''

Leonard is a B student who will take the SAT on May 1.


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