West Virginia got into the mix for the 6-6, 315-pound tackle a couple of weeks ago, and has positioned itself as a team to be reckoned with in his recruitment.
"I have been talking with the coaches via text and direct message, and then Coach Crook talked with me and said they were offering me a scholarship," Tate Leavitt said. "They told me I was a good player and that the whole staff liked me and was excited about making the offer."
With that, the Mountaineers joined schools such as Alabama, Arizona State, Kansas State, Missouri, North Carolina State, TCU and Texas Tech in pursuit of the exterior lineman, who is on track to graduate from Hutchinson Community College in December, 2015. With an eye toward staying on that path, Leavitt will concentrate on finishing out this semester strongly before turning his attention to recruiting.
"I have about three weeks to go this spring, then I will figure out my visits and be on the road," he said of his plans. "I haven't started narrowing anything down yet. I will wait and see what all of my offers are, then figure out where I will visit."
While he hasn't named any favorites yet, Leavitt said West Virginia would be a strong candidate for his visit list.
"When I was in high school, I was actually going there for a camp, but our car broke down and I wasn't able to make it," he said of his earlier interest of WVU. "So, maybe it wasn't meant to be at the time."
After signing with Ohio University but falling short of qualifying out of high school, Leavitt chose to attend Hutchinson, a junior college power. Calling that "a blessing in disguise", he immediately began honing his game against some of the top junior college defensive linemen in the country, including Jeremiah Ledbetter, who signed with Arkansas, and Marquavius Lewis.
"Those were some high level dudes," Leavitt said with a laugh, while also including Greg Webb as another teammate who helped him improve his technique. "I learned a lot about playing against great competition."
Leavitt, who will have three years to complete his final two season of eligibility, believes that he can play any position along the offensive line, but that tackle is where he might best fit. A mobile lineman with good feet, he thinks that his run blocking, particularly on stretch and outside zone plays, help him stand out to schools evaluating his play.