Leffingwell heading to Ohio U.


Playing college football has long been a dream for Dylan Leffingwell.
And after he signed to play football at nearby Ohio University, Leffingwell admitted he likely never would have reached his goal without the help of NFA.
“Without NFA, I’m definitely not the quarterback I am today,” Leffingwell said. “They helped me change so many things, and not all just mechanical. They taught me how to be a leader on and off the field, how to do things for others before doing things for yourself.”
The Warren High School star quarterback started attending NFA camps as a sophomore, and his three years working under Darin Slack, Andy Hall and other NFA coaches is still paying off.
In addition to coaching for NFA, Hall is also the head football coach at Jackson High School, which is in Warren’s conference.
“Dylan was a three-year starter at Warren High School,” Hall said. “He was one of the top quarterbacks in our conference for those three years and was named Player of the Year this past season. He came to me after his sophomore season to improve on his mechanics. He has worked very hard the past two off-seasons and now this spring to get ready for his college career.
“Dylan has made drastic changes in his motion and is committed to keep improving to give him an opportunity at the Division 1 level,” Hall added. “He has attended several NFA camps which has helped him in his development as well. Even though I had to coach against him for three years, he has been exciting to watch. With his work ethic and commitment to the position, Dylan has a great opportunity to become an excellent QB at the next level.”
A gifted athlete in football, basketball and track, Leffingwell knew he needed help throwing the football after his freshman year at Warren H.S. That’s when he hooked up with NFA.
“My throwing motion wasn’t very good before I went to them,” Leffingwell said. “The term they use at NFA, I wasn’t getting to zero when I threw the football. When you come through, your hand is always behind your head and your elbow’s up. I wasn’t getting that. My throwing motion was real high; my arm was straight and real high up. It was very inaccurate, so they helped me with that.”
Leffingwell implemented the changes he learned at NFA camps and went on to pass for a school-record 4,914 yards. As a senior last season, he threw for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In addition to being named the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League Player of the Year following his senior season, Leffingwell was an All-Ohio special mention honoree.
When it came down to picking a college, the 6-foot, 215-pounder decided to stay close to home and play for Ohio U., a rising power in the Mid-American Conference. Under head coach Frank Solich, who came from Nebraska, the Bobcats have played in four straight bowl games.
“I’m really excited,” Leffingwell said. “They’re doing a lot of good things and they have a lot of great people over there. I think it’s the dream of every high school player, even junior high and younger guys, to go play D-1 and make it to the big time, the big show. It’s a great opportunity for me.”
Ohio University often gets confused with powerhouse Ohio State, which is located about an hour up the road in Columbus. That’s OK with Leffingwell.
“Everyone kind of underestimates the MAC because it’s not the Big Ten and all that,” he said. “But it’s good football. Some people, when they finally watch it, they understand that. It’s top-notch D-1 football. You can’t take then lightly.”
Leffingwell is going to begin his collegiate career as a preferred walk-on, and he’ll redshirt next season.
“I think it’s a great way to get started,” he said. “This way, with the redshirt, I’ll save a year on eligibility. I’ll just try to work my way up the ladder, so to speak, and work hard every day. If they need to someone to do the scout team, I’ll do it. People might think being on the scout team is bad, but you’re playing against the No. 1 defense in practice and I think that helps you get better. I’m looking forward to doing that if they ask me to.”
Warren head coach Andy Schob is sure his star QB is going to succeed at the next level.
“Dylan has worked extremely hard, makes the right decisions on and off the field, and has displayed character in every aspect of his life,” Schob told the Marietta Times. “He has put in more time in the weight room, film room and camps than anyone I have coached or been around. This is what a coach wishes for someone that displays character and represents himself, team, and community the way he does. What a great reward. He has certainly earned this opportunity.”
As he progresses through college, Leffingwell plans on returning to NFA camps and giving back.
“I’ve definitely thought about that,” he said. “I got a lot of help, and the NFA has great camps. They do a great job teaching kids, and more than just football. They teach you about life.”