Can ACC Steal Away 4-Star S Leon McQuay III from Pac-12, SEC and B1G?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 2, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Four-star safety Leon McQuay III has interest and offers from Pac-12 programs like Oregon and USC, SEC school Vanderbilt and Big Ten power Michigan. But will an ACC program be the one to land him?

According to Josh Newberg of 247Sports, the Florida State Seminoles are making a big recruiting push for the safety out of Seffner, Fla.:

McQuay says he talks to coach Stoops or Dawsey, or both, at least once a week and sometimes more.

"I'd definitely say FSU is recruiting me the hardest. They call me, I call them sometimes. I went to visit them last week, they came to see me this week, I got another visit scheduled...they're recruiting me hard, man."

Newberg's report states McQuay III wouldn't name a favorite, but he does have visits coming up with Vanderbilt, Oregon, Michigan and FSU. So what are the chances that the Seminoles can eventually land the talented recruit?

Judging from his quotes on Florida State, I would put the chances at very high.

If there's one thing that can make or break a recruiting process, it's communication between a prospect and the staff.

With sometimes more than 10 or 15 schools interested in a player, he'll be hearing from a wide range of recruiters and coaches. Everybody is trying to make their own pitch, and everybody is going to come across as a player's best friend.

Where the separation occurs, though, is with consistency. It's one thing for a coach to tell you that you're the perfect fit for his program and then never call back again.

It's another thing to hear it on a weekly basis.

What a coach says can be affirmed by consistency. It shows a recruit how important he really is.

Believe me, a coach's time is very sparse, so the fact that he can take so much time out for one recruit should make a huge impact on McQuay III.

There are a lot of elite programs on McQuay III's list, but if Florida State can keep up their level of communication, they should be able to snag him away from the likes of Oregon, USC, Vanderbilt and Michigan.

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