VINCENT - Dylan Leffingwell is currently on the Warren boys track and field roster.
What event(s) the Warrior junior will be competing in has yet to be determined by head coach Al Riffey. The guess is, it might be throws, or maybe even a leg on a relay team.
Whatever it is, Leffingwell will be involved in every day conditioning and getting ready for...football in the fall.
Football, if you hadn't surmised by now, is Leffingwell's first love. The Warrior quarterback even gave up basketball for it.
When the 6-foot-2 Leffingwell was a sophomore, he was a starter in the frontcourt for the Blane Maddox-coached Warren cagers. This past winter, without him, the Ohio Division II, No. 9-ranked Warriors hardly skipped a beat, winning 19 games.
But Maddox himself will tell you that Leffingwell was missed. The coach no doubt would've loved to have had him in some of the tougher games against Portsmouth, Chillicothe and Proctorville Fairland.
Football, however, is Leffingwell's passion - and future hopefully.
While the Warren basketball team was practicing on the hardwood, Leffingwell was working out in the weight room, and preparing for a journey to Texas.
In early January, in San Antonio, Leffingwell attended by invitation only the U.S. Army National Combine to showcase his QB talents on the Field Turf surface at the Alamodome. Making an impression, he completed 30 of 35 passes in competition, and was runner-up (in a field of 45 quarterbacks) in the bench press event.
All in all, Leffingwell reportedly had a good overall experience in the Lone Star State.
Back in Ohio, Leffingwell recently went to the Nike combine in Massillon where he finished in the 75 percentile nationally and the 89 percentile for quarterbacks.
On April 21, Leffingwell is scheduled to participate in the National Underclass 5 Star Showcase in Cincinnati. The 5 Star Showcase will be featuring the top 150 Midwest football players (all positions) as identified by National Underclassmen Combines and NUC.com.
In August, Leffingwell will be starting his senior year as Warren's signal caller. Last season, despite missing one game due to a knee injury, he threw for 1,637 yards and 13 touchdowns - and also ran for five scores.
When Leffingwell was a sophomore, he passed for 1,936 yards and 19 TDs.
Needless to say, Warren head football coach Andy Schob can't wait until the season kicks off.
And, neither can Leffingwell.
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor, and can be reached at 376-5441 or at firstname.lastname@example.org