Florida got rivalry weekend off to a great start Saturday by getting a verbal commitment from Jacksonville Ribault wide receiver Alcorus “A.C.” Leonard hours before kickoff. Leonard, who goes by A.C., said his commitment came in at around noon, and there was basically no other school in the running for his services. He has liked Florida since visiting over the summer to participate in camp. He was offered in September and the rest is history.
“I love the coaches and I love the atmosphere,” Leonard said of his decision to choose Florida. “It made me feel like home, and I just wanted to get (his commitment) out of the way. I can get a good education and have a good football career.”
The 6-foot-3, 229-pound athlete said he’s unsure where the coaches will use him when he gets on campus in a little more than a year. He could play tight end or stay are receiver, but at this point he said he doesn’t care where he plays as long as it’s with the Gators. He wouldn’t even talk about any of the other schools interested in him.
Leonard might have committed before Saturday’s 37-10 win for the Gators, but the game did serve as an extra recruiting tool to make sure he made the right decision. Leonard said he used his time to speak with current Gator commits and asked them why they chose Florida and what were the pros and cons about joining the Gator family. After the pros outweighed the cons, Leonard said he sat back and watched one of the most exciting games he has been to.
“It was a great feeling for me,” he said. “I was happy to see the seniors go out with a bang and I loved everybody staying late for the game.”
Leonard said he didn’t recruit while in the stands, but intends to do some next year.
Even if he doesn’t know what position he’ll play when he moves to Gainesville, he does know what he’ll bring to the Gators no matter where he lines up.
“I’m a great leader,” he said. “I going to play my hardest on every play. I’m going to give it my all for the team. I’m not going to go down on the first tackle, and it’s going to take a lot more than an arm tackle to bring me down.”