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Tigard High School's Zach Floyd, #23, scores a touchdown against Central Catholic High School's Dallin Leavitt, #2, during the second quarter at Hillsboro Stadium. Tigard won 43-37 over Central Catholic to advance to the Oregon 6A semifinals. (AP Photo/Motoya Nakamura, The Oregonian)
I love the (BYU) coaching staff more than anything. I would do anything for them and I haven't even had a chance to play for them yet. —BYU commit Dallin Leavitt

BYU football commit Dallin Leavitt already has some serious Cougar loyalty, and he hasn't played a single snap yet.

The 5-foot-11 safety from Portland, Ore., recently gave an interview to Scout.com's Inna Lazarev where he stated that the atmosphere and coaching in Provo are his biggest reasons for selecting the Cougars.

"I love the coaching staff more than anything," Leavitt said. "I would do anything for them and I haven't even had a chance to play for them yet. It's incredible how close they make you feel to them, and how they make you feel like family."

Leavitt helped his high school, Central Catholic, to a 9-3 record in 2012 and the 6A state quarterfinals. He played both ways, scoring five touchdowns as a running back this season. But he's committed to the Cougars at the safety position.

"I try to model my game after (NFL players) Ed Reed and Sean Taylor," Leavitt told Scout.com. "Hard hitter free safetys that cover better then anyone in the league but will also come downhill and knock your head off."

Leavitt won't confine his talents to defense, however, as he explained to Deseret News reporter Brandon Gurney in 2011: "I definitely want to play safety at BYU but also play a bit like Eric Weddle did for Utah, when they were having him play out of the wildcat formation and all that. I also want to return kicks."

Leavitt's father Jared played linebacker for the Ty Detmer-led 1990 BYU team that upset No. 1-ranked Miami. An injury prevented Jared from pursuing a career in football, but he still had a big influence on his son.

"(Dallin) is such a better athlete than I ever was," Jared told Deseret News columnist Dick Harmon earlier this year.

Leavitt is eager to put that athletic ability to use in a BYU uniform.

"It's been my dream school since I was a baby and I've always wanted to wear those jerseys, just like my dad," he said.

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