Thursday, November 8, 2012
Leon McQuay 'very serious' about Ducks
By Brandon P. Oliver
When the Ducks hosted Colorado on Oct. 27, the game was played in poor weather and was over by the end of the first quarter. Neither the rain nor the fact they didn't arrive at Autzen Stadium until the third quarter dampened the spirits of safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and his parents.
All-American Leon McQuay III enjoyed his visit to Oregon and has 'very serious' interest in the Ducks.
The No. 32 player in the ESPN 150 made the long trek to the Northwest for his second official visit of the year. After previously visiting Vanderbilt -- a school he is more serious about than most people think -- McQuay and his parents were able to explore Eugene to get all of his questions answered about the university and the Ducks' football program.
"It was a great experience. You actually have to visit and see the place in person to do it justice and [to] get a full impact of what's going on there," McQuay Jr. said. "Everything about it was great. All the way down to how many uniform combinations they have."
In addition to the usual comments about the facilities and uniforms, McQuay's father shared his thoughts on the Ducks football program.
"[It's] a great situation for an elite football player. They have the best of everything there," he said. "[They give you] everything you need to succeed and possibly go on to the next level in three years."
McQuay is a rare recruit who in addition to elite football talent has a strong passion for the music industry. His desire to be involved with the music business immediately put Vanderbilt and USC ahead of the rest due to their locations. USC has long been considered the favorite for the No. 3 safety in the country, but Vanderbilt and Florida State are definitely in the mix. McQuay will visit Michigan this weekend and time will tell how the Wolverines fare after hosting the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder on an official visit.
The Ducks had their shot at an official visit two weeks ago and despite the fact they are still in the process of creating an audio-production major as part of the university's school of music. The Ducks impressed the McQuay family in every way, but the timeline for his desired major is likely a major issue moving forward.
"Everything about Oregon was great. [We] would like to get a better timeline about getting the audio production major [started], but we are very serious about [our interest] Oregon."
After Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) decommitted from USC, the Trojans wasted no time in setting up an official visit to Los Angeles. McQuay has already visited USC unofficially and his Dec. 7 official visit could be the final piece to his recruitment. The Trojans will host a large number of recruits that weekend, including a number of committed players. If the visit goes well, the Trojans might replace the nation's No. 36 player (Redfield) with the No. 32 player (McQuay).