A big record has fallen and the recruiting interest
is heating up for Russellville (Ark.) quarterback
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Leach (6-2, 187, 4.73) broke the state's Class 5A
all-time passing yards mark last week with a 289-yard, four-touchdown effort
against Van Buren, giving him 8,002 yards and 64 touchdowns in his brilliant
Leach, the No. 32 pro-style quarterback in the
nation and also a top baseball prospect, will be getting a visit from
Central Florida for this week's playoff game.
"I'm excited about them coming to see me play," he
said. "I think they're going to be offering me a scholarship and setting up
my official visit. They said they wanted to come and see me personally and
make sure I was genuinely interested."
And is he?
"Oh, definitely," Leach said. "They want me to play
both sports. It's a nice school with good programs for football and
baseball. Their baseball team finished ranked No. 16 in the nation and made
the super-regionals. Their football team has been making a name for
themselves in recent years, and they throw the thing all over the place, so
that's great for a quarterback."
Leach's only other football offers are from Tulsa
and Arkansas State, but he feels like more are on the way once schools get a
better understanding of what his baseball/football aspirations are.
Alabama recently offered for baseball, which has his
"Alabama is somebody I'm definitely interested in,
even though it's just baseball," he said. "They have a great baseball
program. It's tough to say what I'll do, though, because I'd really like the
opportunity to play both sports in college. That's the way I feel right
Leach is also considering Auburn, Arkansas and
Kansas for official visits. The homestate Razorbacks are looking at him
exclusively for baseball, he noted.