Jordan Leston has spent his high school career trying to find a home. He started at Clearwater, then East Lake for his junior season. Now he'll finish his prep career at St. Petersburg Catholic. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback played well in the spring game, throwing three touchdown passes in a 27-12 win over Avon Park. The Barons were hit hard by transfers this summer, including losing their top three running backs. Leston, who will be St. Petersburg Catholic's main offensive threat, recently talked about expectations for his senior season — his first starting under center.
Do you approach this season as your one chance to prove yourself?
"I've finally got my chance to show everyone what I can do. I'm out to prove all those other people wrong. They say I'm too big to play quarterback and I should play defense. I want to prove that I can do both.''
Not only will you play quarterback, but you'll also play linebacker and even punt. It doesn't look like you'll leave the field this season. Are you ready for that?
"I've been working all summer because I knew that I would have to stay in the game pretty much the whole time. We don't have a lot of people out here so we're all going to have to play a lot.''
There were a lot of players who transferred during the summer. What do you expect this season?
"It would have been nice to have those players but they aren't here. There are still some good players here. We have to prove to everybody that we're still a good team.''
Rodney Page, Times staff writer