Atlantic QB to Make Official Visit to VT

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Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) quarterback Mark Leal is taking advantage of his bye week, as he plans to make an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend. The 6-1, 185-pound Tech commitment called his first visit to Blacksburg “perfect,” so what does he expect out of this weekend’s experience?

“The same as last time,” said Leal, whose first and only previous visit to Tech came on July 11th. “I’m just going up there looking to enjoy myself and to get back in touch with everything. I’m just going to be hanging out.”

Accompanying Leal will be his stepfather, who is a Miami Hurricanes fan. It’ll be tough to tell, though, come Saturday.

“He’ll be in Virginia Tech clothes,” Leal said. “He said he’s not trying to get jumped (laughs).”

Leal and his stepfather will leave for Blacksburg on Friday morning and are scheduled to return home Sunday evening. He is anxious for the entire experience but would like to do one thing in particular at Saturday’s game.

“If there are other recruits there, I’d like to get to know them and meet them,” he said.

Although he is looking forward to the trip to Tech, there is a part of Leal that would like to be playing this week. Atlantic, 2-1 on the year, has won two straight games and the senior signal caller has thrown five touchdown passes in each of those wins.

“We’re in a rhythm and I have a hot hand,” said Leal. “The past couple of games I’ve been very consistent. I’ve had good completion to attempt ratings, which I like. I haven’t had too many balls that have been thrown away. Hopefully the bye this week doesn’t hurt our rhythm.”

Atlantic’s only loss this season came at the hands of Pahokee, which lost recently to Dwyer, the team Atlantic plays next week.

“It’ll be a good challenge, but I still feel confident in our chances,” Leal said. “They did beat Pahokee 34-6, but we dropped four picks in our game and they caught four picks and had a fumble recovery. Most of their points came off defense. We’re focused now on trying to pick apart