Dual-threat quarterback Jordan Leston officially withdrew from Clearwater on Friday and will transfer to East Lake next week.
Leston’s arrival creates more competition at the county’s most coveted position. Leston, a rising junior, will battle Jake Hudson, son of Eagles coach Bob Hudson, and Brandon Swift to replace Pete DiNovo, the Tampa Bay Times' 2012 all-Pinellas County and all-Suncoast player of the year who graduated in December.
Whoever wins the job will be surrounded by elite talent with Division I prospects Artavis Scott and George Campbell at receiver and nationally ranked left tackle Mason Cole protecting the blind side.
“I haven’t seen Jordan yet so it is hard for me to comment on that,” Bob Hudson said. “I wouldn’t even be able to pick him out of a lineup. But it will be an open competition to see who starts at quarterback.”
Leston said his family closed on a house in the East Lake zone Thursday and he will enroll at the school Tuesday.
Last season, Leston played in eight games with the Tornadoes and threw for 1,378 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran for 395 in his first year as a varsity starting quarterback.
Leston also plays basketball. He quit playing for the Tornadoes basketball team at the start of the second semester in January. He most likely would play for the Eagles.
The loss of Leston is a blow for Clearwater and new football coach Donnie Abraham. Leston is the second significant starter to leave. Justus Reed, a defensive lineman, transferred to Clearwater Central Catholic last month.