Central Catholic returns maybe the top defense in the state next year and a lot people consider the leader of that D to be committed D1 safety Dallin Leavitt (6-0 200 Jr. Safety/RB). A lot of people compare his playing style to the likes of John Boyett from Oregon due to his lack of fear and junk yard dog type mentality.
Leavitt’s a kid that you will see flying around the ball at all times. He was NEI’s (Underclassmen) Defensive Player of the Year for the State of Oregon and earned 1st team all league honors for the Mt Hood Conference. He is currently committed to BYU which is something he did between his sophomore and junior season while still at Westview High School.
Dallin was one of the state leaders in interceptions with (6) and also added 62 total tackles, 3 pass deflections, and 6 total touchdowns but Leavitt is all about the team, ” We are here for each other and have bought into the team concept, were not content with making it to the semi’s and we feel like we should have made it to the title game”. He continued, “we as a group expect nothing less then a state championship next season, and have too much talent and desire to except anything less”.
Leavitt leads a defensive backfield that will include Beau Duronslet (6-0 190 Jr. SB/DB) and Aidan Wilder (6-1 175 So. ATH/DB) two of the other top athletes in their respective classes for the State of Oregon. Combine this with linebackers Xavier Griggs (6-1 210 Jr. LB) and Jacob Hansen (6-0 195 Jr LB) and a solid defensive line and you have what amounts to be a lethal returning cast of athletes.
When asked about his personal goals Leavitt shied away from much talk about himself but said, ” I would like to earn Defensive Player of the Year Honors for the State and lead my team to a title”. He also added when referencing his early BYU Commitment, “Its the best decision I have ever made, and I will get a chance to play for a school that Ive dreamed of playing at since I was a little kid”. He added, “Im looking forward to serving a religious mission as coach Mendenhall wants all kids to do just that, its like a family there”.
NEI has the utmost respect for Leavitt and his game as indicated by his First team all state honors and his Underclassmen Player of the Year award by us. He is a true student of the game and is willing to lay it all on the line each and every play. He missed a few games due to injury last season otherwise he may have been the state leader in multiple categories.
You can expect to see Leavitt on the NEI/Barton Tour during the spring and summer as he is ranked the #8 overall athlete in the entire state on our top 160 list. With the departure of talented running back Hayward Demison you will also see Leavitt getting the bulk of the carries offensively where he could be one of the top running backs in the state.
Dallin’s a kid that you want to you want on your side. He’s an outstanding athlete and a warrior at heart and we look forward to following him into 2012.
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/202944/dallin-leavitt Dallin Leavitt Highlights
#2 Dallin Leavitt With Other Top Athlete #12 Beau Duronslet