Two months after accepting a scholarship to attend Virginia Tech, Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) quarterback prospect Mark Leal says, “I’m comfortable. I’m happy with my decision.”
The 6-1, 185-pound signal caller has yet to visit the place he’ll spend the next four or five years of his life, but that’ll change this week. Leal, accompanied by his parents and Atlantic star rising senior wide receiver James Louis, will arrive in Blacksburg on Thursday.
“I’m excited,” Leal said of the upcoming visit. “I’ve been talking to the coaches so long over the phone. I’m excited to have the chance to meet them in person, talk to them and see what they have to offer. We’ve talked a lot since I committed, but it has been about building relationships. I’ll talk about the offense more on Friday. I’m going to see my new home.”
When he committed to Virginia Tech on May 7th, Leal also had offers from Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. The decision, however, has not discouraged other college coaches from pursuing the talented prospect.
“Actually, a couple of schools talked to me after I committed. Our team went down to UCF for a camp. The coaches showed me around campus and told me to keep them in mind. West Virginia did also. And Miami came through with an offer after I committed,” said Leal, who has not wavered in his decision.
With recruiting behind him, Leal has looked primarily towards his senior season.
“Next year, we’ll be strong,” said Leal, who passed for 2,355 yards and 21 touchdowns last season as a junior. “I just get to relax now and have fun with football. I know I can throw really well, but I would like to get faster. I’ve been doing a lot of footwork drills to get my speed up a little bit. I think it is working. I can feel it.”
Leal is also excited about the opportunity he’ll have at Virginia Tech.
“I’m focused mostly on my senior season, but the thought is always running through my head. If Tyrod leaves, the quarterback situation will be wide open when I get there,” Leal said. “I just want to work hard and be ready...
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