Leal Reflects on Recruiting, Talks Future

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Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) quarterback Mark Leal will sign with Virginia Tech in two weeks, officially becoming part of Hokies’ 2010 recruiting class. The 6-1, 185-pound prospect reflected on the recruiting process, from the time he committed until now.

“When you get an offer from a school you’re obviously interested in, like I was with Virginia Tech, if you like it you take it,” Leal said. “There is no point in waiting around for no reason. Spots fill quickly. Being a quarterback, I knew they weren’t going to take as many quarterbacks. I wasn’t about to sit around and wait.”

Leal committed to Virginia Tech last May, so he certainly had some time to think about his choice. He admits to being tempted to take official visits to other schools, but in the end he decided against doing so.

“I thought about doing it just to get a feel for other places, but then I didn’t want to cause drama,” said Leal, who had scholarship offers from Central Florida, Miami, Oregon, South Florida and West Virginia as well. “You hear about guys switching this way and that. You hear about guys saying they are committed but still taking visits. I didn’t want to deal with that. I decided to just stick with my decision.”

As a senior, Leal completed 136 of 226 passes for 2,219 yards with 24 touchdowns and three interceptions. The next time he takes the field, it’ll be as a freshman at Virginia Tech. He is not thinking too far into the future, content to take things “year by year.”

“I’m just going to go in, compete, get my spot and contribute as best I can,” Leal said.

Leal expects to learn a lot from Tech senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

“He has been there forever,” Leal said of Taylor. “He knows the program better than anyone. He’ll be able to show me the ropes and teach me, help me along.

“I know high school and college are two different levels of football. Whatever I need to know and learn, I’ll learn there.”

Leal had hoped to visit Virginia Tech again before Signing Day but will now likely have to settle for a return for the Spring Game. He looks forward to the next time in Blacksburg.

“I love it in high school, but every