Josh Leonard a Quality DE in NorCal

After a big freshman season for Sierra College, DE Josh Leonard has gotten plenty of attention from both opponents and four-year schools this year and he's already off to a good start in 2006 helping to lead his team to an early 3-1 record.

"Last year I had 16 sacks," Leonard told recently.  "This year I'm not sure about my stats but I've have a good season so far and we're winning so that's all that matters anyway."

Leonard prepped at Center High School near Antelope, California and since he didn't have the qualifying grades to go to a four-year school, he decided to attend Sierra and he's happy with his decision.

"I came here because of the reputation in the area and because of their program," Leonard said.  "I've got my grades all in order and I'll be ready to graduate in May."

Leonard has impressive speed and strength numbers to go with his big frame.  He runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds and he benches 475 pounds as well.

"I can speed-rush or bull-rush, I feel confident doing either one," Leonard said.  "I play the run well to.  I want to be a complete defensive end."

On the recruiting front, Leonard is hearing from schools from all over.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I've been hearing from quite a few schools," Leonard said.  "Boise State, Florida, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Minnesota and Kentucky are the ones I can remember.

"No one has set up a visit with me yet, but Boise State and Nevada have been pretty serious about wanting me to come out on a visit so we'll see how that goes."

Leonard will have three years to play two at the next level and he plans to major in Criminal Justice.


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