Leonard building a relationship with Terps

The 2014 DE from Middletown, Md. is beginning to enter Maryland's radar this year.

Middletown High School is on top once again, winning its second consecutive class 2A state championship. With another title to its name, the Knights have benefited from the number of newcomers coming onto the team and continuing the team's success.

This season, Ricky Leonard was one of those players.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound defensive end had a strong season for Middletown, and is now beginning to receive attention from Maryland assistant coach Greg Gattuso.

“I got a good relationship with him,” Leonard said. “He came to go see Justin [Falcinelli] (2014 recruit) and he talked to me as well.”

Leonard visited College Park twice over the course of the season, attending the Wake Forest game in October, and the Florida State game in November.

During his October visit, the junior prospect was given a tour of Gossett Team House ad was able to see the gym and tutoring areas. In comparison to Towson, which is the only other school he has visited thus far, Leonard was thoroughly impressed by what Maryland had to offer.

“I liked [the facilities] a lot, I thought they were real nice,” Leonard said. “I thought they were a lot nicer than Towson's, probably because it's an a lot bigger school.”

Prior to the Florida State game in November, Leonard was able to step onto Capital One Field and meet some more of the coaches and players.

He was also able to meet Randy Edsall for the first time, but said that it was only for a brief moment since game time was quickly approaching.

Leonard also likes the fact that Maryland will be playing against Big Ten competition in the coming years.

“It's a lot higher competition. [Maryland is] a young team too, they're going to grow in the next couple of years,” Leonard said. “Playing in the Big Ten, I think, it will be a lot cooler than playing in the ACC.”

Leonard has yet to receive an offer from any school, and though he said that he enjoyed his two visits to Maryland, he remains uncertain about the future and is still very open-minded in regards to choosing a school.

“If [Maryland] were to offer me - I don't even know. It's way too soon to even say,” Leonard said.

The Middletown High big man says that his best attribute as a defensive end is his speed, and claims that a few things that he could work on are his size and technique. Leonard aims to go up to 260 pounds for next season.

Besides Maryland and Towson, Leonard has also received interest from Rutgers, whom he plans to visit in the near future.

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