Leonard Johnson takes in two official visits

Leonard Johnson takes in two official visits

One of the top players in the Pinellas County area has helped Largo High to an unblemished 8 - 0 start.


"We have two more games to go," added the 5' 11", 180 pound Leonard Johnson. "We have been knocked out in the 3rd of the (class 5A) playoffs every year since I have been here, so we are looking to make run this year. We have only lost five games since I have been here and three of those were in the playoffs. "

Leonard is Largo's starting quarterback but is projected to play corner on the next level.

"I have not played much corner this year. I started the first game at corner and got a pick, but I am mainly playing quarterback right now. I have over 700 passing yards, 600 rushing yards and 17 total TD's.

The projected cornerback on the next level feels like he has plenty of experience on the island where he will not have to make a big adjustment once he settles back in at corner.

"I have played corner all four years I have played varsity ball. My freshman and sophomore years, I started at corner every game. I play corner now every time we play a team that throws the ball a lot. I set the school interception record in a season with seven my freshman year. I have 14 interceptions during my career."

Which colleges have offered?

"I have 12 total offers. Ohio State, Nebraska, West Virginia, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis, Indiana, and Iowa. There are a couple more. I know I am leaving a few schools off. I just can not think of them all right now."

Who is keeping in phone contact?

"Ole Miss, Iowa State, Troy, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia."

Any official visits on tap?

"I went to Iowa State (9/27) and Troy (10/5) and I want to see Ole Miss and West Virginia."

What stood out about Iowa State during Johnson's visit?

"Their staff probably. Coach Chizik is from the same neighborhood and went to the same high school as my dad. I just like their staff. I am hoping they can turn things around."

What about Troy?

"The opportunity is wide open to go play there. They are losing both of their starting corners. It is wide open."

What has Leonard interested in Ole Miss?

"The way they slide to the ball on defense. I am good friends with Dexter McCluster. We played together. He is always telling me the positives they have with their school, the academic side of things, and the way they play ball."

What stands out about West Virginia?

"They play a nickel defense, which means they have an extra defensive back playing at all times. This would be just another opportunity for me to go in and play early. I just want to get in and play. I do not want to sit around or anything like that."

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