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Florida State Receives Commitment from an Under the Radar Defensive End

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY SPORTS

At an announcement at his school, Rick Leonard (Middleton, Maryland. Middleton) has committed to Florida State University. The consensus three-star defender chose the Noles over Clemson and Maryland. He also joins fellow defensive ends Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Florida. Sandalwood) and Dexter Wideman (Saluda, South Carolina. Saluda)  in the 2014 class.

FSU has had major successes on the recruiting trail this year. They have a consensus top 5 class and one of the best defensive line classes in the country.

Stars don’t tell the entire story with Leonard. Even though he is a three-star according to recruiting services he has four-star tape and ability. During his visit to FSU he dominated the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp to the delight of Coach Sal Sunseri (FSU DEs Coach) and to the amazement of the other onlookers. At 6-foot-7, 260-pounds Leonard moves with catlike reflexes throughout drills and used multiple rushing moves to get past O-linemen with ease. On tape he dominates his competition with relative ease (even though he looks a little awkward doing so) but is not as technically sound as you like. Expect his senior year tape to showcase a technically sound defensive end prospect that will subsequently receive the well- deserved bump to a four-star recruit.

FSU was always the perceived leader with Rick Leonard with Clemson always seemingly in second. He has multiple connections to both schools which surely made his decision even harder.

FSU has one of the best defensive recruiting classes in the country which is led by five-star linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Florida. Sandalwood) and four-star safety Trey Marshall (Colombia, Florida. Colombia).

Leonard’s commitment gives FSU 24 commitments and a consensus top-5 recruiting class.

Jeremiah Zanders is a writer for RantSports.com who covers FSU and ACC Football. Follow him on Twitter @JeremiahRantFSU and connect with him on Google.