Big-Time CFB Programs Are Drooling Over Matt Leinart’s Star QB Son

If you ever wanted to feel old, this will surely do the trick.

Former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Matt Leinart’s son, Cole, will soon be playing college football – and A LOT of big-time programs want him.

Regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the 2026 recruiting class, Cole is following in his father’s footsteps.

The talented quarterback from Santa Ana, California, has already garnered significant attention from top college football programs across the nation.

With offers pouring in from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia Southern, Utah, Southern Methodist, Pittsburgh (and more expected to come), Cole finds himself in the enviable position of choosing from a selection of elite football programs.

His impressive skills and potential have undoubtedly attracted the attention of college recruiters and scouts alike.

“Cole Leinart is undoubtedly one of the standout quarterbacks in this recruiting class,” remarked a scout from rivals.com. “His performance on the field, combined with his natural athleticism and football acumen, make him an exciting prospect for any program fortunate enough to secure his commitment.”

As a freshman at Matter Dei High School, Cole has already displayed remarkable talent, drawing comparisons to his father during his own high school days.

While the young quarterback is expected to receive more offers in the coming years, his father’s legacy looms large over his future prospects.

Matt Leinart, a former top high school recruit himself, rose to prominence during his college years at the University of Southern California.

He had a stellar career as a Trojan, completing 65% of his passes, amassed nearly 10,700 yards, and throwing for an impressive 99 touchdowns.

His remarkable performances earned him the Heisman Trophy and a national championship with the Trojans.

“Having a father like Matt Leinart, who achieved so much in the world of football, undoubtedly sets a high bar for Cole,” said a close family friend. “However, Cole possesses the same passion and dedication to the sport that his father did, and he is determined to make a name for himself.”

While the young quarterback has yet to make a decision regarding his college destination, the Leinart family remains supportive and optimistic about Cole’s future.

They understand the weight of expectations but also recognize that he has the talent and work ethic to carve his own path in the football world.

Wherever he ultimately chooses to play college football, one thing is for certain: the Leinart legacy is poised to live on – and Cole will have a chance to make a mark of his own.

 

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