BOTHELL, Wash. – Burien (Wash.) Evergreen quarterback Luther Leonard says he's the type of quarterback that can hurt you in a number of different ways. While some project him as a more of a pro-style quarterback, he says his game is best suited for the dual-threat position.
"I think I have good arm strength," Leonard, who threw for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, said. "I can make all the throws. I'm a mobile guy, and I just make the plays that need to be made."
Take a game last season against Mount Rainer for example. In a clutch situation, Leonard came up with the big play to save the day using both his arm and his feet.
"We were playing Mount Rainer and it was fourth and 27, and we scored a touchdown on the play," he said. "I rolled out to my right and my running back tried to block the guy, but he didn't get him good. I kind of scrambled around, then stopped and threw it in the corner of the end zone and my wide receiver made the play for me.
"Whatever I need to do. I'll do it. Running, passing, whatever. I'll do it."
Leonard said some schools have talked to him early on about maybe moving around to play a different position. But after measuring in at 6-foot-1 ½ and 184 pounds at the Rivals.com Junior Day this past weekend at Bothell High School, it's clear he does have the frame to play signal-caller.
"I would like to be a quarterback," he said. "Wide receiver it's fun, but I think I'm a lot better at quarterback. I like being the leader. I like for my guys to follow me, and I like to lead them to victory."
At this point, he doesn't have any scholarship offers, but there are plenty of schools taking a long look at him.
"UDub, Oregon State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Washington State and schools like that are sending me a lot of mail," he said. "I would like to go nationwide and explore my options, but the Pac 10 is also really nice. The campus, football tradition and what they've done the past few years will be important for me when it comes time to make a decision. I also will look at the offense. I don't want to go to a school where they run the football 50 times a game.
"I don't know what I want to major in. I thought a little bit about business and marketing, but I'm not sure."