The Evergreen State is usually known for offensive linemen and quarterbacks. This season the state is going to get known for two outstanding linebackers. Rivals.com already introduced you to Anthony Felder (6-3, 225, 4.55) from Seattle (Wash.) O’Dea. Felder isn’t the only top-line linebacker wreaking havoc on high school fields in Washington.
Keep your eyes on linebacker/tight end Adam Leonard (6-1, 225, 4.6) from Seattle (Wash.) Rainer Beach.
The talented Mr. Leonard was selected Super 11 by the Seattle Post Intelligencer. He was also earned all-metro Sound Division Defensive MVP and was an all-metro first-team selection on both sides of the ball as a linebacker and tight end.
As a tight end, Leonard caught 23 passes for 544 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The only defensive stat that Leonard was sure about was his two picks, one that he brought back for touchdown.
“The funny thing is I picked off my two interceptions in my first game,” Leonard said. “The opposition never threw over the middle after that.”
Leonard has a verbal offer from Washington and a pending offer from Washington State. He is getting handwritten letters from several schools. Oregon, UCLA, Stanford, Columbia, Nebraska and Tennessee highlight the many schools showing interest in Leonard.
What is Leonard looking for in a college?
“I am weighing a lot of options regarding my college choices,” Leonard said. “It is very early in the process and I looking at every school.”
“My major priority is the environment of the school and if I fit in,” Leonard said. “How I relate with the coaching staff will be another consideration.”
“I don’t want to go to a school for four years and have a distant relationship with the coaches,” Leonard said. “That would be pointless.”
Though Leonard is an outstanding receiving tight end his future on the D-I level is as a linebacker.
Leonard was able to benefit by having former Washington Husky head coach Rick Neuhiesel as a volunteer coach at Rainer Beach in 2003.
“It was a learning experience,” Leonard said. “Coach (Rick) Neuhiesel let us know what D-I schools want.”
“Coach Neuhiesel brought out the best in us and taught us better practice habits,” Leonard said. “It was a real blessing having someone of his experience teaching us technique.”
“I know our quarterbacks threw a lot better because of Coach Neuhiesel.”