It's not often in the world of recruiting you get to talk about someone on special teams. It's typically the five-star signal callers, linemen and skill players that steal the headlines. But, hey, let's face it, in that critical moment, a special teams' play can mean the difference between a win and a loss. That's where Leonard Skubal comes in. Sure, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder also played linebacker at St. Thomas Aquinas High in Boca Raton, Florida; but Skubal shines in a more low-profile role: long snapper.
"Yea, I guess I am rare but we are becoming more and more popular now," said Leonard. "It really is an art and takes a lot of talent. I have worked pretty hard for it."
A rarity indeed when it comes to college football recruiting tabloids, but his diligence and commitment has certainly payed off. Leonard was one of 18 signees from St. Thomas Aquinas today, who will be taking his talents to a Division I program after he inked his name on the bottom of a Boston College letter or intent.
While this moment has been highly anticipated for the Skubal family, it was the previous Saturday that brought the greatest joy.
"We (family) met with the head coach at Boston College and he said he wanted me and gave us a time frame to decide. I was really excited and called most of my family, called my head coach and let all of them know. We went back to the hotel and I called BC back, and decided then because that was the right fit for me."
It was the right fit for more reasons than one.
"My family knows a lot of people in Boston and they had recommended it as a great school. I camped up there this past summer and loved it."
He also has a good chance to get early playing time.
"We looked at schools that will have seniors when we are freshmen, and I did research on BC and there is a great opportunity. There will be a senior long snapper leaving after this season. There is nothing wrong with competition, but it's nice when you have a really good opportunity."
Leonard said he primarily will be utilized as a long snapper but also see some playing time in other roles for special teams.
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