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Virginia Tech scored a surprise commitment from cornerback Jayron Hosley in the 2009 class, and the Hokies are looking for more success out of Atlantic Community (Delray Beach, FL) in the 2010 class. Tech offered wide receiver James Louis earlier in the process and, just last Wednesday, extended an offer to a second Atlantic recruit in quarterback Mark Leal . The 6-1, 180-pound signal caller is certainly pleased with the offer.

“Right now, Virginia Tech is my number one,” said Leal, who has yet to visit Tech but plans to do so this summer. “I have good relationships with past [Atlantic and Virginia Tech] players like David Clowney and Brandon Flowers and Jayron Hosley, who just signed there. I’ve been talking to the coaches some. We’ve built a good relationship so far. I’m just getting comfortable with them.”

Florida International, Minnesota, Oregon, Pitt, Rutgers and Vanderbilt have also officially offered, with Wake Forest currently showing heavy interest as well. Leal has experienced a recent flurry of recruiting activity and is in no hurry to make a commitment.

“Right now, I’m just going to take my time and see how everything plays out,” Leal said. “I’m going to take visits this summer and go from there.”

The son of a retired Army officer, Leal moved around quite a bit – he was born in Germany has lived in El Paso (TX) and Arizona – before his family settled in Delray Beach, Florida, the summer before his high school freshman year. He became Atlantic varsity’s starting quarterback as a sophomore and played well. He turned in a terrific junior season, throwing for 2,355 yards with 21 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He guided Atlantic to an undefeated regular season.

Leal excels as a passer, but he can run as well and scored five touchdowns on the ground last season. Atlantic head coach Andre Thaddies calls Leal a pocket passer…does the standout rising senior agree?

“I’m always a pass-first guy,” Leal answered. “I only run when I really have to. I’ll stay in the pocket until the very last second.”

Ability certainly is the main reason why Leal has earned seven scholarship offers to this point, but poise is another key to his success.

“When I’m out