Four-star Arkansas quarterback
Leach has completed his high school baseball season and is back in full
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football mode, but both sports remain heavily on his mind when it comes to
"A lot of people just assume that I'm not going to
college," said Leach, a top catcher who is expected to be selected high in next
year's June amateur draft. "But that's not true at all. I definitely want to go
to college and hopefully play both sports somewhere."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Leach was the Class 5A-West
offensive player of the year as a junior, passing for 3,239 yards and 27
touchdowns in Russellville's wide-open offensive scheme. In baseball, he batted
.447 with 14 doubles and three home runs while compiling a 6-1 record and 1.02
ERA on the mound.
His rifle arm has attracted a number of recruiters from
both the gridiron and the diamond.
Leach has early offers from Tulsa and Arkansas State,
but is also getting heavy interest from the likes of Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU,
Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Memphis and Louisiana Tech. He said Alabama and
LSU are high on his list due to showing the most interest in making him a key
player in both sports.
Another favorite is Oklahoma, where he recently camped.
"I had a real good showing there," he said. "I felt like
I competed well up there and proved to them that I could play. I really like
their tradition, and they run the same offense that we run at our high school.
That's where our offense came from, so I feel comfortable with that. I also like
the coaching staff and (quarterbacks) coach Long a lot."
Tennessee is a team Leach grew up following.
"That's a place I always thought I'd like to play," he
said. "They seat 105,00 there, and it's just a great atmosphere for football.
They also have great tradition with their quarterbacks."
And what about the home state Razorbacks?
"Them being the home team keeps me interested, but
they're going more toward the option from what I hear. That's not real
compatible with my style, so I'm not real sure about Arkansas right now."
Leach has also camped at Ole Miss. He plans to attend a
senior camp at Alabama in July.