Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Q&A: 2014 Texas WR Dorian Leonard
By Bob Przybylo
Nobody doubts the recruiting ability of Oklahoma wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. His track record speaks for itself.
The Sooners have landed a lot of top receivers in recent years but have been missing that tall, deep threat.
Norvell is attempting to find one in a spot where OU has had success before. The Sooners are the lone school to offer wide receiver Dorian Leonard (Longview, Texas/Longview), but they definitely won’t be the only one.
Longview High is the same school as former OU star receiver Malcolm Kelly, who fit the tall, athletic receiver mold perfectly.
Is Leonard next? He’s 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds and said the Sooners could view him as the next Kelly.
SoonerNation: You have OU’s junior day in the books. What’s next?
Dorian Leonard: I’ve been invited to Texas and Texas Tech’s junior days on Feb. 23. I’m not sure which one I’m going to attend yet. Texas State is starting to talk to me, too.
SN: What were your impressions of OU at junior day?
Leonard: I was very impressed with how it looked with the stadium and campus. What stood out was the focus on academics. When you’re a freshman, they give you a tutor and help you out a lot. They make sure you stay on top of your grades. Me and my mom liked that.
SN: OU had offered you a week before. Any thoughts of committing at junior day?
Leonard: It popped into my head, but I want to wait until my senior season. I want to see what else happens and things like that. Right now I would say toward the beginning or middle of the season is what I’m thinking.
SN: What are you working on right now heading into your senior season?
Leonard: I’m trying to get a little faster. Coaches like my size. I’m running a 4.6 [40-yard dash], but I’d like to get down to 4.5 or 4.4, at least a 4.5. I’m going to go a couple of camps and see what I can do.
SN: At OU’s junior day you were able to spend some time with Norvell. What was that experience like?
Leonard: He watched my film and told me I’m a fast, physical and big wide receiver. He showed me how the offense is run and how there are like 3-4 wide receivers on the field for every play. I like that a lot.
SN: Looking at schools right now, what stands out as important factors in your decision?
Leonard: Grades are important. It’s about academics, first of all. It’s something that me and my mom really believe in. I have to see what school fits me best.
SN: With the OU trip completed, would you like to make another trek to Norman?
Leonard: Yeah, I definitely would. I’m going to try to make another visit for like a spring practice or spring game. I want to keep building that relationship with the coaches.