|Leon McQuay III|
Weight: 185 lbs.
High school: Seffner (FL) Armwood
Notes: Holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Boston College, Cal, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, UAB, UCF, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington, West Virginia . . . Claims a 4.57 time in the forty . . . 4.35 time in the pro agility shuttle . . . 32" vertical . . . ESPN 4-star S, 87 grade, #3 S, #39 overall . . . Rivals 4-star S, #3 S, #33 overall . . . Scout 4-star S, #7 S . . . 247 Sports 4-star S, 95 grade, #5 S, #41 overall . . . As a junior in 2011, had 66 tackles, 12 pass breakups, and 4 interceptions . . . Teammate of fellow Michigan offeree and wide receiver Alvin Bailey
Strengths: Tall and long with a good reach . . . Shows ability to elevate and disrupt passes . . . Very good hitter for his size . . . Should become even more intimidating with added muscle mass . . . Solid open-field tackler . . . Enough speed to track down ball carriers from behind and cover deep . . . High points the ball and shows good hands . . . Decent playmaking ability with ball in hands . . . Very competitive with ball in air . . . Works very hard not to get beat
Weaknesses: Doesn't show particularly fluid hips . . . Occasionally mis-times leaps . . . Good speed but not a true blazer . . . Occasionally lowers head or hits ball carrier's head, which could take some adjusting to avoid penalties at next level
Projection: Free safety. The coaches have talked to McQuay about getting a shot at playing cornerback, but I don't really see that being his best position. I see him more as a free safety and he could even play strong safety well. I would like to see him patrolling the deep middle of the field, because he has good ball skills when the ball is in the air and he can be an enforcer from that spot. He also has plenty of speed to play sideline to sideline and fill the alley, although he's not in the category of having elite speed. I really enjoy the way he competes and he seems to take football seriously. He shows the ability to come in and contribute even as a freshman, but there would be some growing pains along the way; right now he's typically the best athlete on the field, and when big receivers come along who can jump with him, he's going to have to perfect his coverage technique. He has the athleticism to play in the NFL someday if he continues to add some mass and refine some technique issues.
Reminds me of: Ha'sean Clinton-Dix (Alabama)