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Hilbert's Eye On: QB Mark Leal
Mark Leal is a dangerous duel threat quarterback prospect from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach Florida. While the school is hundreds of miles away from Blacksburg, Virginia, it is slowly becoming a pipeline school for the Hokies. It is the same school that Brandon Flowers played his high school ball at. Mark's junior highlights are below, followed by a breakdown of his game by Scout.com's Virginia recruiting analyst Dan Hilbert. Junior Highlight 1 Junior Highlight 2 Junior Highlight 3 BREAKDOWN: Leal is a very gifted athlete, especially at the quarterback position. There are not too many guys who have the size/speed combination he has who are playing quarterback. He shows above average arm strength, as some of his balls in these highlights are in the air 40+ yards. Leal shows very good touch on his short and medium range passes. Throws a good jump ball in the red zone, floating the ball over the receivers outside shoulder and dropping it in where only his guy can catch the ball. Leal displays great awareness in the pocket, moving around to avoid defenders and squaring his shoulders to get the pass off. He is very effective when he pulls the ball down and takes off running downfield, but does a great job of being selective when choosing to take off running. Some duel threat quarterbacks are too eager to pull the ball down and run when the first receiver option isn't open. Leal does a good job of eluding the pass rush and attempting to throw the ball downfield. When he has to run, he shows a gear that not very many quarterbacks have. He will fit right in at Virginia Tech. He runs an offense primarily out of the shotgun at Atlantic High, so he might have to work a little on working under center, as Virginia Tech likes to pound the ball from the I-formation late in games and in short yardage situations. Mark's awareness is one of his strong points of his game. He seems to have the sixth sense that many of the better quarterbacks have, being able to feel the pass rush and take a quick side-step to give him that extra half-second he needs to get the pass off. Working in the spread offense in high school will allow him to ease into the role in Blacksburg. Leal is not as explosive as Tyrod Taylor, but looks like a more polished pocket passer than Taylor did coming out of high school. Virginia fans check out HooNation VTInsider for the latest on the Hokies Dan Hilbert covers football recruiting in Virginia. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are submitting a recruit, please include players name, high school, primary position and the best way to get in contact with the player.
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