Leonard adds to FSU's sizable DL class


It took a little longer than expected, but Rick Leonard (Middletown, Md./Middletown) finally decided to commit to Florida State.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end had narrowed his list down to Clemson and Florida State following his camp sessions at each school in July. He originally was going to decide a week or two later, but it was a more difficult choice than he anticipated.

Given his size, it again signals a clear preference in Florida State's defensive line recruiting to target bigger prospects on the edge. And with his frame, it won't be hard for Leonard to put on a lot of weight.

Amid speculation that Leonard could be moved to offensive line, it's worth noting that he worked out at Florida State at defensive end with position coach Sal Sunseri. Judging from their interaction, both parties seemed satisfied with the turnout.

Leonard has a mean streak that Sunseri encouraged and he displayed a very physical approach off the ball. His long arms were able to keep offensive linemen off of him in drills.

And that is what the Seminoles would like to see at the next level.

Leonard visited Florida State on July 19 and was offered in late April. Other schools that offered him at one point during the process included Arizona, Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Leonard is Florida State's 24th commitment for 2014 in a class that is expected to be large.