Leonard doesn't waste time

SEATTLE - Luther Leonard got his dream offer Wednesday morning, but immediately wasn't sure what he wanted to do. He had a trip lined up to Boise State, and the Bronco coaches were set to offer him a scholarship. A call home was all it took for Leonard to remember what he had wanted all along, and shortly after that, he made his decision.

"It's such great news for us today," Evergreen Head Coach Shaun Tarantola told Scout.com Wednesday, shortly after his 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback talked to the Washington coaches and made his decision known. "For a while he wasn't sure if the offer would ever come, and he started to get really excited about the Boise State trip.

"But he (Leonard) called home and talked to his father and then he realized that Washington was where he always wanted to go. And I know (former Evergreen and current UW player) Tobias Togi was calling him, telling him to come to Washington. In the end, he knew that was the decision he was going to make."

Leonard, who had a solid senior season throwing for almost 1,800 yards, 28 touchdowns with only five interceptions, said he knew pretty quickly that he was going to be a Husky once Washington offered.

"They are the school I always wanted to go to," Leonard said. "They have a good program, they have a great offense and it's one of the best educations in America.

"I want to play as long as I can, but after I'm done playing I want to have something that I can do the rest of my life and I really think Washington provides me that opportunity."

Leonard also said the fact that two of his teammates -- Senio Kelemete and Togi -- are two reasons he chose to be a Dawg.

"It'll be great to play with those guys for the next four years," Leonard said. "Tobias is having fun up there and Senio is going to play early there and I love both of those guys."

Leonard quickly picked up the phone following his commitment and called Prosser WR Cody Bruns.

"He's awesome and I'd love to play ball with him at U-Dub," Leonard said. "It's all about getting good guys to join us so I'm going to be making the calls to some of those guys."

Leonard expects to be in the stands this weekend for the Cal game and then also hopes to make it to the Apple Cup the following weekend as well.
Scott Eklund helped contribute to this article.

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