When the summer began, Tate Leavitt was widely considered one of Ohio's prized jewels at the offensive tackle position and in the end, it was Ohio University that landed the gem. The 6-foot-7, 295 pound senior from Sheridan High School decided to commit to one of the Mid-American Conferences premier programs following a visit to the school this summer.
"In the long run, OU was definitely best for me," Leavitt said. "The coaching staff was all over me and I loved their facilities. It has always been a goal of mine to play football at the division one level and to make that a reality is just special."
Leavitt also had offers from other MAC schools in Ohio, including Akron, Kent State, and Toledo. He also drew interest from the Big Ten, which included Indiana and Iowa. The Bobcats are looking to redshirt him year one, but with the loss of five offensive lineman to graduation, he may see the field sooner than expected. Entering his third year as a starter, Leavitt felt it was important to get this out of the way and prepare for the upcoming season as the Generals look to reach the OHSAA playoffs for the third straight season.
"I didn't want to be a distraction to our team and what we are trying to accomplish this season," he said. "You only get to run onto that field and under that bell so many times before your high school career is over. We want to have an undefeated season and get back to the top of the MVL."
Sheridan opens up their season on August 24th at home against Lakewood.