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.