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2014 RECRUITING CLASS
Stars:  Rivals (4), Scout (4), 247Sports (3), 247Sports Composite (3), ESPN (3)
National Overall Player Ratings:  Rivals (201), 247Sports Composite (497)
National Inside Linebacker Ratings:  Rivals (11), 247Sports Composite (23), 247Sports (30)
National Middle Linebacker Ratings:  Scout (12)
National Outside Linebacker Ratings:  ESPN (126)
Regional Overall Player Ratings:  ESPN (204)
California Overall Player Ratings:  Rivals (22), 247Sports Composite (49), 247Sports (67), ESPN (127)
Ratings/Scout Grades:  247Sports (87), 247Sports Composite (0.8683), ESPN (74), Rivals (5.8)

BIO INFORMATION

St. John Bosco HS (2010-13)

► Finished his high school career with four-year totals of 526 tackles, 26.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks (-19 yards), three interceptions that he returned for 86 yards, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and one blocked punt
► Named Trinity League Defensive Player of the Year during both his 2012 junior and 2013 senior campaigns
► Earned Semper Fidelis and honorable mention Parade All-American honors as a 2013 senior, and played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, starting at middle linebacker and contributing eight tackles to help lead the West to a 31-24 victory over the East
► Selected for the Blue-Grey National All-Star Classic in Dallas following his senior season
► A National Player of the Year candidate and Butkus® Award nominee as a 2013 senior when he was also the Southern Section Pac 5 Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Trinity League Defensive Player of the Year, while adding first-team All-Southern Section Pac 5 Division, first-team Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team and Wave Newspapers All-East Region Team honors
► Amassed 238 tackles as a senior to rank third in California and sixth nationally, while adding 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks (-8 yards), one forced fumble and two interceptions that he returned 28 return yards
► Helped lead his senior team to a 16-0 overall record, a No. 1 national ranking in the MaxPreps Freeman High School Poll, a No. 4 spot in the USA Today’s top 25, a state title with a victory over perennial power De La Salle in the California Open Division State Championship Game and a Trinity League crown after team was the preseason No. 1 squad in Southern California by MaxPreps
► Registered an interception in the state finals vs. De La Salle and was also listed as the No. 4 top performer in the game by Rivals
► Had a career-high-tying 23 tackles against Centennial in the state semifinal game and also 23 against Chandler among his four games with 20 or more tackles and 15 in double digits
► Named the top middle linebacker in the West by Scout late in his senior season and also elevated from three to four-star status after having been the No. 4 middle linebacker on Scout’s list heading into the 2013 season preseason after being No. 3 in March
► No. 3 on Rivals Linebacker watch list prior to the 2013 season
► Had 157 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks (-11 yards), one interception that he returned 58 yards, three forced fumbles, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt during his 2012 junior campaign to earn Trinity League Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Southern Section Pac 5 Division honors for the first of two times each, while adding first-team All-State, first-team All-Southern Section, Dream Team Defensive MVP and St. John Bosco Team MVP honors when the team was 8-5 overall and 5-0 in the Trinity League to win the conference crown before finishing ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 23 in the nation
► Spent his 2011 sophomore season at Lakewood High School and contributed 126 tackles, 1.0 sack, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and two pass breakups on his way to first-team All-State, first-team All-Moore League and Dream Team Defensive MVP honors for a team that finished 7-4 overall
► Team MVP as a 2010 freshman at Lakewood High School for a squad that was 10-2 overall
► Wore No. 4

Other

► Listed as a “notable riser” in the recruiting process by Rivals in January of 2014
► Named the Linebacker MVP at the 2013 Oregon Camp, where Scout named him one of the top performers of the camp
► Earned Camp MVP honors at Team AIGA with his squad winning the 7 on 7 tournament
► Was on the All-Camp team at the 2013 Oakland NFTC, where he was rated as the No. 4 linebacker
► Rated No. 2 linebacker at the 2013 NLA 7 on 7 West Regional in Las Vegas, where he was also the tourney MVP for winning team
► Listed among both the top defensive players and top linebackers by Rivals at 2013 RCS Los Angeles
► Played 7 on 7 with the Snoop Dogg All-Stars, including the 2013 B2G 7v7 Elite 16 Tournament
► High school teammate of Bryce Treggs and played for Brian Treggs
► Runs a 4.7 40-yard dash according to Rivals, who lists other measurables at 450 in the squat, 315 for bench, 285 in power clean, a 4.30 20-yard shuttle and 30-inch vertical with ESPN adding a 44.0 power throw and 77.67 SPARQ rating

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

ESPN
“This guy is a tough customer who should do well as a special teams player. A punishing, knock ‘em back, wrap tackler who doesn’t allow cheap yards after contact.”

Rivals
“Leniu can play at a high level and he can play with the best linebackers in the country. He brings a physical presence to the field but he is also speedy, running sideline to sideline to make a lot of tackles.”

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