Devin Leary, who has a chance to become the most prolific passer in South Jersey history, has ended the recruiting process before it gained much steam by making a verbal commitment to attend North Carolina State.
Leary has been on varsity for three years and has been a full-time starter the last two, both of which ended with Timber Creek winning the South Jersey Group 4 championship.
As a freshman, he saw time when then-senior Khalil Trotman was injured. Leary completed 34 of 65 passes for 516 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for a Timber Creek team that advanced to the Group 4 final before falling to Shawnee.
During his sophomore year, Leary completed 181 of 284 passes for 2,605 yards, 23 TDs and eight interceptions. Last season he shredded the South Jersey record books while leading the Chargers to a 12-0 record. He completed 198 of 316 passes for 3,688 yards, 48 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
With 6,809 career passing yards and 74 touchdown passes, Leary is near the South Jersey record for both.
According to South Jersey historian Chuck Langerman, the most passing yards record is owned by 2014 Pennsville graduate Dylan Cummings who threw for 7,695.
Cummings also owns the career touchdown total with 84.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Leary should shatter both records.
As a junior he was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year. Leary threw for four or more touchdown passes in eight of his 12 games.
One of his big clutch performances came in Timber Creek’s only game that was decided by a touchdown. That was a come from behind 28-21 win over Cherokee.
In that game Leary completed 18 of 31 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns.
At North Carolina State, there will be a South Jersey connection. Wide receiver Kelvin Harmon of Palmyra High, just completed an impressive freshman season.
Harmon played in all 13 games and contributed 27 receptions for 462 yards and a team-best 17.1 average and five touchdowns.
The Wolfpack finished 7-6 and concluded their season with a 41-17 win over Vanderbilt in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Under coach Dave Doreen, the Wolfpack have gone 3-9, 8-5 and 7-6. Leary desperately wants to be part of what is hoped is a resurgence in the N.C. State program.
Leary, who had several Division I offers, can’t officially sign until Feb. 7, the first day a high school player can sign a National Letter of Intent.
There have been many people who have made early commitments, only to change their mind. Right now any player who commits isn’t thinking of changing his mind.
So for now Leary is headed to Raleigh, North Carolina. He should take with him more area records and with his popularity, should develop a big following at his future school.
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