Italian kicker shining for Topeka High

Sep 17, 2018 757

"My name is Gregorio Leonardo." The way that name rolls off of Topeka High kicker Gregorio Leonardo's tongue is effortless. It's almost as effortless as how the Italian foreign exchange student caught the eye of Trojan head football coach Walt Alexander. "I saw potential with him in the hallway, before I had ever seen him kick," Alexander said. "Just the way he looks athletically, the way his calves are built and you could tell he's an athlete. He's such a good kid."

The 17-year-old mainly plays soccer and practices with the Trojan football team once a week. He's only been in the United States for a month. As he continues to learn about America, he also is picking up American football, a sport he said you can't watch in Italy until about 3 a.m. So he settled to learn about it from watching one game.

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