NEW ORLEANS — ESPN Junior 300 offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, No. 12 overall, was one of the highest-ranked prospects in attendance at Sunday’s The Opening New Orleans regional.
Leatherwood, who earned an invite to The Opening finals, as well as offensive line MVP, has been committed to Alabama since June of last year but is still showing interest in other SEC schools. The 6-foot-5, 302-pound prospect visited Florida on Friday for its spring game and LSU on Saturday.
“It was great,” Leatherwood said of his Florida visit. “I got to spend a lot of one-one-one time with their offensive line coach, coach [Mike] Summers. I got to see how he coaches his players and stuff like that. I got a feel for where he wants me to play in his offense. It was great.”
As for his time in Baton Rouge, Leatherwood also came away impressed with what he saw from the Tigers.
“It went well,” he said. “I got to spend some one-on-one time with coach [Les] Miles at dinner and coach [Jeff] Grimes throughout the day and team meetings and during the scrimmage.”
Despite the two visits, Leatherwood still remains committed to the Crimson Tide.
“It’s still very strong,” he said of his committed to Alabama. "It’s a great school with a great tradition and their known for making people great and that’s what I want to be on the next level, great. I just want to go somewhere where I have a good relationship because in that short amount of time I’ve built a good relationship with coach [Mario] Cristobal, coach [Tosh] Lupoi and all the rest of the coaches.”
So, while LSU and Florida have a chance at landing Leatherwood, the race could be ending soon.
"The other schools have a chance but it’s coming to the point in time where I’m truly about to go in to deep thought about if I want to fulfill my commitment or not,” Leatherwood said. "Now it’s just time for me to make the ultimate decision and it should be coming up soon. It will come down to my relationship with the coaches, how they coach, the chemistry, my quality of education of course and my overall relationship with the schools."