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Leesburg's Rector is Offensive
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2017 Leesburg Yellow Jackets Football Archives
(16) Wyatt Rector, QB, Leesburg
(Photo courtesy of Ashley Beyer, Freelance Photographer)
Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida
Leesburg’s Rector is Offensive Player of Year

By Frank Jolley
Daily Commercial
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

LEESBURG — Wyatt Rector never doubted he would be back on the football field after tearing the
anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

His 2016 season over far earlier than he had hoped, Rector got to work with rehabilitation and getting
himself back into game shape.

By the time spring football practice began, the Leesburg High School quarterback was itching to get
back into a huddle and take a hit on his surgically repaired knee. Rector wanted to prove to himself —
and to others — that he was ready to return to his role with the Yellow Jackets.

And was he ever ready.

Rector turned in a senior season for the ages. He passed for 3,242 yards and 26 touchdowns, and ran
for 918 yards and 18 touchdowns.

For his efforts this season, Rector is the Daily Commercial All-Area Offensive Player of the Year.

“This is awesome,” Rector said. “I pushed myself to get this kind of recognition ever since I tore my
ACL. It was a tough injury and, truthfully, the toughest times for me. I always felt I would come back from
the injury, but there was always doubt until I finally got back on the football field.

“Earning an honor like this makes all that sweat and work worth it.”

Rector wasted virtually no time showing he was back after being injured last year in Leesburg’s third
game of the year against South Lake. On the Yellow Jackets first play of the season, Rector connected
with Cordrayius Graham on a 67-yard touchdown pass.

It was the first of five touchdowns Rector would account for that evening — two passing and three
rushing — in a 35-20 win against South Sumter. And it turned out to be just a portent of things to come.

Rector played like a quarterback possessed. He surpassed 300 yards in five games, including 592
yards against South Lake — a Lake County record — and ran for at least 100 yards on four occasions.

“A lot of the numbers Wyatt put up this season weren’t simply to pad his stats,” Leesburg coach Mark
Oates said. “We won that South Lake game 47-40 ... we needed every yard he could get in that game.”

The football field was Rector’s comfort zone. At 6-foot-4, 228-pounds, Rector had the physical attributes
and the tools that college coaches were looking for and he played with an arrogance that many of the
great quarterbacks in history have possessed.

Rector verbally committed to play at the University of Virginia earlier this year, but recently came off the
commitment and began to look at other options. He doesn’t expect to announce his decision until the
Feb. 7, 2018, National Signing Day.

But Oates believes he will eventually make one coach very happy.

“Wyatt has so many things that college coaches are looking for in a quarterback,” Oates said. “I’ve
talked with a lot of coaches about Wyatt and they’re all impressed with his size, athleticism, strength
and speed. His tools are (NCAA) Division I caliber. However, like nearly all high school players, he has
things that need work, mostly technique. When he gets those things down, he’ll be ready to take that
next step.”

In his four-year career at Leesburg, Rector put up numbers that will be hard to top. He finished with
9,849 yards of total offense — 7,097 yards passing and 2,647 yards rushing — with 52 passing
touchdowns and 47 rushing scores.

Rector also caught five passes for a 21-yard per catch average.

Still, despite his gridiron accomplishments, Rector said he has a goal for the future that has nothing to
do with the gridiron.

“I want to earn a college degree,” Rector said. “I want to be the first in my family to get a degree and that’
s always been a very big deal for me.”

And with that in mind, Rector continues to work on his academic standing — he carries a 4.2 weighted
grade point average — with frequent visits to the weight room thrown in to keep himself in football trim.

He knows that, eventually, all the hard work will pay off with a college scholarship. Both are time
consuming and not always fun, but Rector has never been one to back away from a challenge.

“When I get to college, I want to excel on the football field and in the classroom,” Rector said. “If I’m
fortunate enough, I might play well enough in college to get a chance to play in the National Football
League. Even if I don’t get that chance, I’ll be ready for life after college.

“That’s why I worked so hard to come back after I tore up my right knee.”



This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com
2017 Leesburg Yellow Jackets Football Archives (16) Wyatt Rector, QB, Leesburg (Photo courtesy of Ashley Beyer, Freelance Photographer) Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida