A.C. Leonard impresses


In his five-plus seasons at Florida, Urban Meyer has made it obvious that his goal has been to make Florida the fastest and most athletic team in the country. So far, Meyer has made good on that promise and it appears that his latest classes won’t be any different. Though Meyer has only gotten verbals from two players — A.C. Leonard (Interlachen) and De’Ante “Pop” Saunders (Deland) — both are expected to be two of the top athletes in the state of Florida.

Leonard might be one of the more special players in this year’s class. At 6-foot-2, 232 pounds, Leonard is expected to come in as a tight end and analysts are always referring to him as an athletic freak. He recently performed at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 in Tampa over the weekend and word is that he was one of the best, if not the best, of the bunch down there. Eleven teams competed in the tournament, but according to Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barton Simmons, Leonard powered his Jacksonville-based Pro Impact team to a championship.

Simmons said Leonard, who could be considered undersized at tight end, was the top performer at the tournament. He described Leonard as being able to “literally run through” defenders that were “crawling all over him.” Simmons also said that Leonard made every play he had to to will his team to victory after victory over the weekend, helping him garner MVP honors.

“A.C. was the most dominating player in a loaded event,” Simmons said. “He’s so strong, runs good routes and he has incredibly soft hands. Essentially, he carried his team to thechampionship as a guy that could make a play even if everyone in the city knew the ball was going his way.”

This performance should only help increase Leonard’s popularity throughout the recruiting world. Leonard showed that he can compete with some of the best players in the state over the weekend and currently has offers from Miami, Florida International and Central Florida. While he’s committed to Florida, Leonard is still open to listening to other schools and currently has interest in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.


  1. Then he’s really not a commitment. This “verbal commitment” thing has gotten way out of hand. I think he will end up at Florida and be a star. But it’s frustrating when you hear a kid make a “commitment” but then take other visits or continue “interest” or contact with other schools. Think I’ll try that with my girlfriend. Gonna tell her that while I’m commited to our relationship, I think I’ll just date other girls just to make sure. Maybe there’s something better out there. That’s gonna really go over well. Wait, did I just hear the word “GOODBYE!!!???” Why, I think I did! Not picking on AC ’cause almost all of them seem to play this game nowadays…

  2. TampaDave

    Spot on. I think these kids need to look up the definition of commitment. Im not even sure why coaches ask these kids to “commit”. Who gives a crap if you are “committed” if you really arent? What advantage do you gain from a kid saying hes coming to your school if they change their minds as often as these kids do? If I were the coach, Id take the stance that we dont pay any attention to verbal “commitments”. Either you sign on signing day or you dont. I could care less what you claim you are going to do until you actually do it.

  3. I think you guys really look at it from a fan’s perspective. Schools continue to recruit. They may only need 2 qbs and will recruit 10 even after they have 2 commitments. It is a 2-way street, and coaches leave all the time for the money. So go ahead and ask a 17 year old to be the mature adult. Many of them are just trying to enjoy the experience and make the best decision for them.