Two months ago, Vacaville Christian senior athlete Jaron Leaks felt the moment that all of the work was worth it.
Going through some challenging days, Leaks received a call that showed he was next level. Whittier, a Division III school in Southern California, sent an offer his way to play college football.
“It’s a blessing because all my hard work, my family and I went through a hard time with all the corona stuff and my grandpa being sick, so everything was falling apart,” Leaks said. “And then I get a call from a coach and he gave me a full scholarship. It opened my eyes more.”
That moment was indicative of what those around him saw early on: a budding star just waiting to be unleashed.
Leaks’ cousin, Latrelle Smith, who is a cornerback at William & Mary, saw something in Leaks right away.
He knew he was different.
“He had been telling me all the time to just keep working hard,” Leaks said. “‘It’s in you. You got it.’ So when I first got my offer from Whittier about two months ago, I was like, ‘Alright, I can really get used to this type of stuff.’ Just got to keep working hard.”