Four-star JC DE says yes to Hawaii

One of the best defensive players in the JC ranks this year was Sierra DE Josh Leonard (6-3, 273) and he recently got back from his official visit to the University of Hawaii. After a day or two of contemplation, he decided he wanted to become a Warrior and he called the coaching staff to let them know.

"They were really excited to get my call and my commitment," Leonard told "I called coach (Jeff) Reinebold and told him that I wanted to commit and he was really happy for me and for him."

Leonard flew into Hawaii on Friday afternoon and spent time with Reinebold getting his paperwork and physical out of the way while he was on campus.

"Blaze (Soares) was my host while I was there and he was a really cool dude," Leonard said. "He's a linebacker for them and he showed me around and told me about the school and the life around the campus.

"At night we hung out with the other players and we went out to some clubs and saw what it was like to be a player there. It was a really great time. I had a blast."

Leonard had a visit scheduled for Nevada this coming weekend but that's off now.

"(Nevada)is a good school and all, but I just felt like coach Reinebold was like a part of my family," Leonard said. "I had so much fun there and the players and coaches just make you feel like you're totally part of a family. It's an amazing place to get to play football. I can't wait to get there."

Leonard will join his new teammates during summer workouts and plans to hit the ground running when he arrives.

"They want me at strongside defensive end and I don't think there's an offensive tackle in college football who can handle my size, speed and athleticism," Leonard said. "I'll never quit trying to get to the quarterback and I will just go hard ever down."

Leonard also had a parting shot for his new adopted fanbase.

"I want all the Hawaii fans to know that I'm excited to be apart of the program and that I'm ready to make them proud," Leonard said.

He'll have three years to play two and plans to major in Criminal Justice.

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