December 12, 2010
Wait and see for Leonard
Following the abrupt resignation of Urban Meyer last Wednesday, Jacksonville (FL) University Christian four star tight end and Florida commitment A.C. Leonard is taking a wait and see approach to recruiting, according to his coach, Heath Nivens.
"As of right now, really nothing has changed with A.C. other than the fact that he has one official visit left," said Nivens. "He's going to go ahead and take it, just from the standpoint of waiting to see what's going to happen at Florida.
"He does not know when and where he's going to visit. We've talked about some possibilities that he can bounce around, but there's nothing for certain."
Having already decommitted from Florida earlier in the process, Nivens says that Leonard plans on taking his time this time around.
"He wants to do his homework and do it right," said Nivens. "He understands that Florida is a good school and one of the top programs in the country and he wants to see what happens there."
Nick Saban paid a visit to Leonard earlier in the week. While other schools are recruiting Leonard strictly as a tight end, Alabama has presented him with the opportunity to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.
"Alabama has told him that he has the talent and ability to play linebacker or tight end," said Nivens. "They are the only team that has recruited him on both sides of ball, all along. Florida said he could be the next Aaron Hernandez. He has to figure out what he wants to do and go with it."
The season was an up and down affair for Leonard, who played well at both tight end and linebacker before being suspended for University Christian's final five games.
"Our season went well. We had a winning season," Nivens said. "A.C. was suspended for the last few games of the season by the FHSAA for allegedly punching another player. We missed him the most on the defensive side of the ball. We had several guys that were banged up and not having a guy like him on the field hurt us. In the games he played for us, he was our leading receiver and through the first six weeks of the season, he was one of the top two receivers in Jacksonville, in terms of yards and balls caught. He was doing a great job."
The 6'2, 232 pound Leonard is ranked as the 48th best prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.
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