Bobby Leath high on Kansas State


Three-star defensive lineman Bobby Leath (Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales) has plenty of interest from Kansas State and family ties in the area.

And according to Lake Wales head coach Rod Shafer, the 6-foot-2, 295-pound senior is high on the top-ranked Wildcats as well.

"I would say that Kansas State would be his number one choice right now," Shafer said. "However he has some academic work to do and he has a test score he has to get before he can make any choices."

Shafer says Leath has plenty of in-state options, as UCF, Florida and Miami (Fla) are all possibilities for him.

"I think he’s definitely going to look at the in-state programs that have shown interest," Shafer said. "And Iowa State is in there as well because coach [Wally] Burnham has done a tremendous job of recruiting him."

One thing pulling Leath to Kansas State could be his brother, Melvin Pearsall. The former Florida State standout tight end of the late 1990s lives near the school and has helped Leath with his recruitment.

"I know Bobby would like to be close to his brother and Kansas State has an animal science major that he’d like," Shafer added. "He knows what he needs to do to make it happen."

Leath will lead Lake Wales into their playoff contest against Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast on Friday. The senior has 11 sacks and 29 tackles for loss this season.