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Tavion (Mike) leatherdale '21 Recruiting Profile

Wayne High SchoolWayne, NEFootball
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Primary PositionDefensive End
Secondary PositionDefensive Tackle
Dominant HandRight
40 Yard Dash5.08
5-10-5 Shuttle4.80
Bench Press315
Broad Jump103.5


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Personal Statement

When I was two years old, I was put into foster care.  Every once in a while I would get to visit my mom, but not very often.  I spent a few months, no longer than eight, at my first foster home.  At that time my younger brother, Chase was with me.  When we moved homes we moved together.  We lived at our second foster home for a few years with an older lady we called "Grandma Tina".  Then we moved to a third house along with my new and youngest brother, Joe where we were supposed to be adopted.  I was sent away from that home wasn't able to see either one of them; I didn't see them for eight months. 

At the time, I wasn't really into sports.  I just sat in my room and wasn't allowed to play outside.  I think that is when I first wanted to play sports.  Finally we moved into the house that would become my actual home.  My brothers came also, so it would be all three of us again.

We lived on a 24 acre farm with our adoptive parents so we spent a lot of time working.  There were always hay bales to stack when I got in trouble!   We also spent more time playing.  I loved playing outside, and that's when I realized I really wanted to play sports.  When I was little, even though it doesn't seem like I ever was, I wanted to play every sport (I still have that problem today!).  I loved it, but I wanted to play tackle football the most.  I wasn't able to until sixth grade.  I loved tackling people and everything about football and wanted to do it more!  In seventh grade, in addition to my other sports my mom signed me up for weight lifting.  I liked lifting and worked hard at it. 

I want to go on and play college football because I love this sport.  It gives me something to work hard for, and something to keep me focused in other aspects of my life as well.  Playing college ball is the goal I have set for myself and I plan to continue doing what it takes to achieve this goal.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter
  • 1 years
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • Honorable Mention All-Conference
  • Team Awards
  • Conference 2nd Place
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #67

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Coach Russ Plager


  • Camp/Event
  • NSAA State Wrestling
  • 2/15/18 to 2/17/18
  • Went 2-2 during this wrestling meet. Lost in the heartbreak round
  • Camp/Event
  • Husker Online Article
  • In-State Tour: Wayne n4dxfhcskvlgw45tcalb Sean Callahan • HuskerOnline Publisher @Sean_Callahan WAYNE, Neb. - The HuskerOnline team hit the road in February for our 17th annual In-State Tour where we scour the state of Nebraska in search of the best up-and-coming football talent. Our next stop of the tour took us to Wayne, where the Blue Devils are led by 2021 defensive tackle Mike Leatherdale, one of the most impressive linemen prospects in the state. In-State Tour: Elkhorn South | Omaha Westside | Omaha Roncalli | Omaha North | Lewis Central | Creighton Prep | Norris | Lincoln East | Fremont Mills | Bellevue West | Omaha Burke | Millard South | Waverly | Omaha Central Wayne DT Mike Leatherdale is one of the more under the radar 2021 prospects in the state of Nebraska that could pick up a lot of steam by the spring. Wayne DT Mike Leatherdale is one of the more under the radar 2021 prospects in the state of Nebraska that could pick up a lot of steam by the spring. (Sean Callahan) Head coach: Russ Plager 2019 Record: 9-3 (Lost in Class C-1 semifinals) Season rewind: "We were 9-3 this year. We lost twice to the eventual state champs in Wahoo. We also lost to Pierce, who was the runner-up. That's our three losses during the year. We're excited for next year. We have six guys on both sides of the ball coming back. We have some really good players coming back. We have a quarterback, we feel confident coming back in, so we're excited about how physical we can be this year. When you can be physical, play great defense, you can win some ball games."

Additional Sports

  • Wrestling
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Team
  • District B-3 champion at 285, state qualifier at 285, 3rd all conference team


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