Maryland defensive end Rick Leonard committed to Florida State on Tuesday, announcing his choice via his Twitter account @RickLeonard83.
Leonard tweeted, “I have committed to Florida State University. All glory goes to God. #Noles #FSU #FearTheSpear”
The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Leonard, who participated in the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp in Tallahassee in July, picked the Seminoles over Clemson and 12 others offers.
Leonard, the 24th commitment to the Seminoles 2014 recruiting class, had d 67 tackles, 12 sacks, and 18.5 tackles for loss as a junior at Middletown (Md.) High. He is the second defensive end to commit to the ‘Noles 2014 class, joining Jacksonville Sandalwood’s Blake McClain.
He told 247sports’ Chris Nee he loved his visit to Tallahassee in July, during which he spent time with FSU linebackers coach Sal Sunseri.
“It was a blast,” Leonard told Nee. “I learned so much. Just everything you do. The little stuff. [Coach Sunseri] knows his stuff and he is a good coach. The biggest thing he told me was to stay low, because I am so tall and when I come out of my stance I just naturally want to stand up, so he just said stay low.”
Leonard told Rivals FSU site Warchant.com that his father and uncle are both FSU alumni and he grew up a Seminoles' fan.
He told Michael Laughlin of Warchant in June, "It's a powerhouse defense, the way they play football over there at FSU and they just put three defensive ends in the league last year and 11 players overall."
Florida State 2014 commitments (24)
DT Demarcus Christmas, 6-3, 285, Manatee
QB J.J. Cosentino, 6-5, 215, Pittsburgh (Pa.)
LB Kain Daub, 6-3, 240, Jacksonville Sandalwood
OL Alec Eberle, 6-5, 278, Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee
OL Ethan Frith, 6-7, 292 Summit (Miss.) North Pike
LS Stephen Gabbard, 6-3, 220, Tallahassee Godby
QB Treon Harris, 5-11, 180, Miami Booker T. Washington
ATH Malique Jackson, 5-11, 170, Jessup (Ga.) Wayne County
DT Fredrick Jones, 6-2, 270, Miami Central
DE Rick Leonard, 6-7, 260, Middletown, Md.
S Trey Marshall, 5-11, 193, Lake City Columbia
OG Corey Martinez, 6-4, 297, Tampa Catholic
DE Blake McClain, 6-3, 254, Jacksonville Sandalwood
WR Markell Pack, 6-3, 190, Purvis (Miss.)
LB Delvin Purifoy, 6-2, 228, Pensacola Catholic
LB Jacob Pugh, 6-4, 220, Tallahassee Godby
ATH JoJo Robinson, 5-10, 179, Miami Northwestern
TE Mavin Saunders, 6-6, 220, Houston (Texas) Kinkaid School
WR Javonte Seabury, 5-9, 165, Orlando Timber Creek
WR Ryan Sousa, 6-1, 180, Orlando Lake Nona
DT Adam Torres, 6-7, 270, Lake Mary
RB Jonathan Vickers, 5-11, 2201, Tallahassee North Florida Christian
DT Dexter Wideman, 6-4, 244, Saluda, S.C.
WR C.J. Worton, 6-0, 170, Homestead South Dade
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