4-Star S Leon McQuay Weighs USC, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Others

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 19, 2012

Via Scout.com
Via Scout.com

Class of 2013 4-star safety Leon McQuay has a lot of visiting to do coming up in the next few months, and with big names like USC, Oregon and Michigan on his list, these schools are going to have to find a way to step up their games and make good impressions.

According to Jamie Newberg of Scout.com, McQuay has a ton of big-name schools that he wants to check out:

Four-star safety Leon McQuay (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) has set up two official visits according to his father Leon McQuay, Jr. McQuay stated in an email that his son will officially visit Vanderbilt (10-13) and Michigan (10-20). He’s also working on two more official visits to see the Ducks and Seminoles. McQuay, Jr. is hoping those trips to Oregon and Florida State will be on October 6th and November 24th respectively when the Ducks face Washington and the ‘Noles host the Gators. McQuay will also make an official visit to USC in December.

McQuay is an extremely physical safety that can be effective in open space as a pass defender, but he also has great downhill speed and plays very strong against the run.  According to 247Sports, McQuay has USC on top of his interest list followed by Vanderbilt, and he has offers from all the schools he's planning on visiting.

Any of these programs would be lucky to have him, so who would be the best fit?

While USC may have the top spot right now, they already have a commit from 5-star safety Su'a Cravens and another 4-star safety in Max Redfield. If Lane Kiffin's class remains how it is in the secondary, I expect them to fall out of the running. The same will happen with Michigan, but only because Brady Hoke has almost filled out his 2013 class, and he already has two safeties verbally committed.

Vanderbilt is an intriguing option as an SEC school, as is ACC power Florida State, but when all is said and done, I feel Oregon may have the best shot.

Chip Kelly only has nine recruits verbally committed so far, and none of them are defensive backs. As it stands, McQuay could be Oregon's premier secondary recruit, and that's a huge draw. That's not to mention the national attention, sweet jersey's and overall popularity of the Ducks' football program in the Pac-12.

There's a ton of big-name schools on McQuay's visit list and any of them have a chance, but if you're asking me, I believe Oregon will have the edge.

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