Leonard Ready for Season

2014 Texas wide receiver commitment Dorian Leonard talks about Longview's recent scrimmage against Tyler John Tyler, and why he thinks the Longhorns have one of the best receiver classes in the country.

"I feel like I played pretty well," Dorian Leonard said of the scrimmage. "I still have to work on my blocking. I missed a couple of blocks that might have helped us get big plays. So I have to work on that. I just want to be more physical with the DBs."

Longview has typically been a physical, pound-it-out football team, and with 2015 stud JaMycal Hasty at running back, Leonard's blocking services should be called on more than his receiving abilities. But while he said his blocking could use a bit more polishing, one of the more encouraging highlights to come from the John Tyler scrimmage was a deep route that Leonard hauled in.

"They had me lined up tight, like in a squeeze, and I ran a go," Leonard said. "I think the safeties were blitzing, so it was just me one-on-one."

And that's a matchup where Leonard likes his chances. The big-framed wideout said one of his advantages was that he has the ability to line up outside or move in as a bigger flexed-out player, allowing the staff to move him around and create matchup issues.

"I feel like it helps," Leonard said. "That's a big part of my game, being able to get open from [multiple spots]."

Leonard has always been an honest evaluator what he sees on the field, and while he said he was bit down on what Longview showed at state 7-on-7, and while he said the team currently "needs a lot of work," he thinks the Lobos have what it takes to make a run.

"Give us a couple of weeks to get ready, and I feel like we can make it, all the way to state," Leonard said. "There are a lot of good athletes on our team."

Leonard picked Texas earlier this summer over offers from schools like Oklahoma, citing education as one of the primary factors.

"I just really liked what they were doing up there," Leonard said. "The thing with me was that it was always about education first. And Texas was one of the top schools [I was considering]. Just finishing school at Texas, getting your degree, that's a big accomplishment. When you apply for jobs, people see that you went to Texas and graduated."

Leonard has been outspoken about his belief that the Longhorns may have the best incoming receiver class in the country. And he said that part of that belief stemmed from the fact that the recruits all had different skill sets.

"I think we can be really great," Leonard said. "Coming in together, being together and getting better together, that can make us go really far.

"It's easy to guard everybody that has the same talent, where everybody does the same thing," Leonard said. "But we're all different. And you can put us at different spots on the field. It's going to be tough to guard all of us at once."

With Leonard playing on the same team as Hasty, Leonard said he hasn't been hesitant about trying to convince the 2015 back with an offer from Texas that Austin is the best place for him.

"He says he's still undecided. But at the same time, I'm still sitting there trying to talk him into it," Leonard said, laughing.

While Hasty's college plans are unclear, the two will definitely team up for the Lobos this year, and Leonard said that's a formula for success.

"Get ready for this season," Leonard said. "It's going to be a really good year for me."

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