LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A couple of weeks ago, ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) had a top three of Michigan, USC and Vanderbilt. On Friday, McQuay III said one program's stance has caused a ripple at the top.
"Michigan moved out of my top three because they said they might not have a scholarship for me by the time that I am ready to commit, which is November 26," McQuay III said at Champion Gridiron Kings. "Now FSU, USC and Vanderbilt are my top three."
The Trojans are intriguing to McQuay III not only because of the tradition, but also because of the potential for future success.
"Monte Kiffin is a great coach and I just like the program a lot because of the history there and what they could be with the class they have now," McQuay said. "The only thing left is that I have not been on a visit yet. I hope to visit before the season starts, and then take an official there."
The chance to build something special with James Franklin and the Commodores is also weighing heavily on the Under Armour All-American's mind.
"Vanderbilt has a great coaching staff and they are an up-and-coming program in the SEC," McQuay III said. His former high-school teammate Josh Grady is a redshirt freshman with the Commodores.
Replacing the Wolverines in the top three is an in-state program that has quietly emerged as a serious contender for the 6-foot-2, 183-pound defensive back.
"FSU has been patient with us, and that is why they are now in the top three in place of Michigan," McQuay III said.
Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC and Vanderbilt are schools McQuay III said he would like to seen on official visits. He plans to make his commitment November 26th after the USC official for Notre Dame weekend.