- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The high school career of ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) came to an end on Friday, as Armwood fell in the playoffs to nationally ranked Gainesville (Fla.) High School.
Though his season is over, things are starting to heat up with McQuay's recruitment. He continues to have a top five of Florida State, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Michigan and USC. Michigan defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery was on hand to watch McQuay on Friday.
McQuay has taken official visits to all of his favorite schools except for Southern Cal but is planning to visit USC next weekend. Florida State and USC have made a big push for McQuay over the last several months. But with FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops taking the head coaching job at Kentucky and USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin stepping down this past week, McQuay said he is waiting to see who will replace them before he making any changes with his recruitment.
“It’s all pretty much staying the same right now," McQuay said. "I’m not making any really big changes. My top five is my top five.”
The Under Armour All-American says he had a strong relationship with Kiffin.
“I just knew he was a good coach and we had a good relationship," he said. "I knew that he would take care of me. But the school is still the school.”
The visit to USC will be McQuay's second this year.
“I want to see just everything that I didn’t see before,” the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete said.
In addition to having Montgomery attend his last game, McQuay also received visits from Vanderbilt, Oregon and USC coaches last week. McQuay is planning to make his college decision at the Under Armour All-America game on Jan. 4.
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