Leon McQuay III is arguably the best safety in the entire class of 2013.
It’s a close battle for that top spot between McQuay and Su’a Cravens. But McQuay is actually on the market, unlike Cravens.
McQuay, from Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida, hasn’t decided on his school yet while Cravens has been a longtime Southern Cal Trojans commit. So where will McQuay go?
A tough but good question.
The top five schools, in no order, are the Florida State Seminoles, the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Michigan Wolverines, the Oregon Ducks and Southern Cal. All five of those schools either officially hosted McQuay on a visit or will in the foreseeable future.
The star safety has already taken visits to Vandy, Michigan and Oregon, and will see Florida State’s epic battle with the Florida Gators next weekend. Southern Cal will host him the first weekend of December, the weekend after the Pac 12 Championship Game.
McQuay has indicated that FSU, SC and Vandy are loosely his top three, but that could be changing. The visit to Ann Arbor last weekend made a heck of an impact on McQuay. Not only did he see an incredible game (Michigan won 38-31 in overtime), but he loved what he heard from Wolverine Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison. Mattison left his post coordinating the Baltimore Ravens defense to take his current position with Michigan, and runs a pro-style defense. Mattison wants to use McQuay in a similar fashion to the way he used future NFL Hall of Famer Ed Reed. That certainly appealed to McQuay.
Southern Cal will certainly stay in the mix for McQuay as well, especially considering the defense the Trojans run is a pro-style set similar to Michigan’s. Not only that, imagine the combination of McQuay and Cravens playing side by side for SC the next three years. They could absolutely dominate together.
So now we just have to be patient as we wait for McQuay to give more indication as to where he’s leaning. If I were a betting man though, I’d say the Wolverines are the team to beat right now for the elite safety.