My name is JohnPatrick (JP) Leahy, class of 2021 and I am from West Valley High School, Yakima, WA., and is my goal to be the 4th generation Leahy to play collegiate football. My great-grandfather Frank Leahy played in the late 20’s, my grandfather Jim Leahy played in the late 60’s, my uncle Ryan Leahy played in the early to mid-90’s, now it’s my turn to carry on the family tradition of being an exceptional student-athlete. Football aside, collegiate athletics run very deep in the Leahy family blood. My father Pat Leahy played baseball both collegiately and professionally and my aunt, Regan Leahy, was a scholarship track and field athlete as well. In short, I know exactly what the demands and rigors I am signing up for.
I simply love playing football, all aspects. Everything from lifting weights, to agility work, to practice, to film, to camps, absolutely everything. I am proud to be a multi-sport athlete. Track and field has payed big dividends for speed and explosiveness while wrestling has undoubtedly helped with balance, hand fighting and understanding leverage in the trenches. My quickness, speed, size and strength are what set me apart and enable me to be a very versatile edge type player. I can get dirty and play with my hand on the ground or on my feet depending on the defensive call.
I am proud to be from the Yakima Valley and represent the latest generation of collegiate football players from south central Washington. While the region is said to be sometimes be overlooked, it has produced some nationally recognized collegiate football players such as Oregon’s Shane Lemeuix, Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp, Boise’s Kellen Moore , Purdue’s Taylor Stubblefield, plus many, many others.
Aside from being very academically orientated (3.4 GPA in core classes) I am very optimistic about the size requirements necessary for playing at the next level. I am currently 16, in typical Leahy fashion, a late bloomer, have a big frame, size 14 shoe, long arms, very low body fat and am right in the midst of my growth spurt. This past fall I was one of two juniors to be selected 1st team all-conference (Defensive Line) in our 4A league (the highest classification in Washington State) and absolutely look forward to seeing the changes my body will undergo over the next year. Ultimately, I would not be surprised to end up in college being 6’4-6’6” and in the 260-300 lb. range (depending on position of course.)
Thank you very much for your interest and if you have any further questions you can reach me on my cell phone at 509-823-0102 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to contact my head coach, Dan Eyeman, he can be reached at 509-952-3728 or email@example.com.
JP Leahy, class of 2021