ASHEVILLE – Asheville High rising junior Andrew Leota is ready to dive head-first into college football recruiting.
He made a big splash on Monday — Leota received his first scholarship offer from Virginia Tech.
The Hokies are eyeing the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect as a defensive end. Leota averaged 5.0 tackles per game and was part of the All-Mountain Athletic Conference and Citizen-Times All-WNC teams as a sophomore.
“It’s great to have that first offer on the table, especially from Virginia Tech. They were really good to me,” Leota said.
“My brother (South Carolina incoming freshman Pete Leota) really got my foot in the door. He has taught me a lot that is helping with this process. I got (a first offer) sooner than he did, so that’s great.”
Leota and Asheville begin their season Aug. 19 at Franklin. He is one of three returning starters for the Cougars’ 3-4 defense. The other two are Makaius Brewer (6.8 tackles per game last year) and Micah Robertson.
“We’ve got some really good players coming back,” Leota said.
“I’m excited about it. We’re looking forward to having a great season.”
First-year Asheville coach David Burdette said that Leota is not only highly-talented, but very coachable.
“The thing that impresses me the most about Andrew is his character,” Burdette said.
“He’s always been a yes sir, no sir type of kid and we love him for that.”
Pete “Pika” Leota, who is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman, signed with South Carolina in February. Virginia Tech had been his other finalist.
Naturally, Andrew Leota was one of the family members in attendance for the signing.