Interest is heating up for Atlantic Community (Delray Beach, FL) quarterback Mark Leal , who has received five official offers with two more on the way. Virginia Tech has officially offered the 6-1, 185-pound prospect, who threw for 1,785 yards and 17 touchdowns last season as a junior.
“Coach Wiles liked him but said they hadn’t analyzed the tape as a staff,” Atlantic head coach Andre Thaddies recalled. “One day, he called said it was a go. He said he had the thumbs up to offer him.”
Coach Thaddies and staff recently completed Leal’s junior tape and it has made a big difference on the recruiting trail.
“Things have picked up tremendously for him,” Thaddies said. “When we initially sent out video on him, we only had the first four games on tape. We recently completed his tape. He has now been offered by Virginia Tech and Oregon, Rutgers, Pitt and Minnesota. Ole Miss and Kansas called [yesterday] and their offers should be in the mail.”
A starter since late in his sophomore season, Leal, a signal caller with dual-threat capability, has impressed college coaches with his passing ability and maturity on the gridiron.
“He is smooth,” Thaddies said. “Every coach has said the same thing. He looks effortless throwing the football. He makes every throw. He can throw the long ball and the short ball.”
There doesn’t appear to be a favorite with Leal at this point. Asked if the talented signal caller had any visits scheduled for the spring and/or summer, Coach Thaddies replied, “I don’t know. I know we are going to Minnesota this summer, but we were going to do that anyway before those offers came out. He’ll also do one camp, but he hasn’t determined which one.”
Thaddies added, “For a kid like Mark, he’ll make sure he finds the best place that’ll support his academics. Academics are very important to him.”
The recent surge of recruiting success is new for Leal. His top receiving target from last year, 6-0, 183-pound James Louis, is a different story. Louis has been a high target for schools all across the country since his junior year began. Florida, Florida State and Miami have offered. Virginia Tech is one of many out-of-state programs to offer.
“I get five calls a day for James,” Thaddies said. “Honestly, the only national schools...
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