Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Q&A: 2014 WR Leonard talks Texas offer
By William Wilkerson
The Longhorns aren’t messing around anymore. Their coaching staff is out in front on a lot of evaluations, which was made possible by their ability to get ahead of the game while dealing with a smaller class in 2013.
That’s enabling them to offer recruits at a much faster pace than in past years.
One of the latest to receive an offer is 2014 wide receiver Dorian Leonard from powerhouse Longview (Texas) High School. He picked his up during Texas’ recent monster recruiting weekend.
Leonard, who is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, also has offers from Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Texas Tech. He joins K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant), Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City), Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) as 2014 uncommitted wide receivers with Texas offers.
HornsNation caught up with Leonard to get his thoughts on what this offer means.
HornsNation: How did you learn about your offer?
Dorian Leonard: My coaches told me that they wanted to talk to me and when I got down there they were going to offer me. So I went down there for Texas Relays, and I stopped over there. They showed me the campus.
HN: Which coaches were showing you around the campus?
Dorian Leonard: [Offensive line] Coach [Stacy] Searels and [co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers] Coach [Darrell] Wyatt.
HN: What’s this offer mean to you?
Dorian Leonard: It is in my top two or three schools. It is one of the offers I was waiting on.
HN: What is it about the Longhorns that you like so much?
Dorian Leonard: I know they have a good education program and a really good football program, too. They were one of the schools that I rooted for.
HN: Who are your top schools right now that you have offers from?
Dorian Leonard: Texas Tech, Oklahoma and OSU [Oregon State].
HN: Why are all of these schools going after you and offering?
Dorian Leonard: They like that I am physical and I’m hard to get down. If the ball comes my way I want to catch it. I make plays.
Dorian Leonard: Oklahoma [junior day] and Texas are the only visits. I want to make a visit to Texas Tech soon. I just don’t know when.
HN: What is it about Oklahoma that you are such a fan of?
Dorian Leonard: They have a great offense. I really like the offense they run. They have a good education system, too. They have tutors for each player and you have like 10 hours of tutoring each week. That can really help out with my grades.
HN: It’s clear that education is really important to you. Why?
Dorian Leonard: Because, you know, football isn’t everything. I’m going to have to have an education.
HN: Are you thinking about taking your time with your commitment decision or would you like to get it out of the way?
Dorian Leonard: I’m going to take my time and weigh all of my options. I’ll have my decision next year, probably like in the middle or close to the end of football season.