Martinez, Calif./University of Hawaii
A transfer from the University of Hawaii, Jared is enrolled at San Jose State this spring and begins his Spartan career as an inside linebacker. Leaf was a running back on the 2011 and 2012 Hawaii teams. A redshirt in 2011, he played in 12 games last season and contributed five special teams tackles, caught one pass and returned one kickoff. He will be available to San Jose State in a playing capacity in 2014.
The graduate of Alhambra High in Martinez, Calif., lettered in football (Coaches Alan Horn and Dave Silveira) and track and field. As a senior, he rushed for 1,381 yards and 19 touchdowns in just eight games. Jared was named to the Contra Costa Times’ Cream of the Crop Top-20, was an honorable mention All-Metro running back by the San Francisco Chronicle and his school’s 2010 Male Athlete of the Fall Semester. A linebacker on defense, he was a two-time, first-team all-league selection.
He plans to major in communication studies. One of Jared’s cousins, Patrick Stoudemire, completed his third season with the Spokane Shock of Arena Football League in 2012. His sister, Nicole, is a sprinter on the Southern Oregon University women’s track and field team. One of his uncles, Jerry Santos, is an award-winning singer for the Hawaiian band, Olomana. The native of Martinez, Calif., was born on July 8, 1993.
Coach Caragher on Jared: “Jared is a transfer player for us. We’re excited about him coming back to the Bay Area and ‘home.’ Although he can play either the linebacker or fullback positions, we see him playing linebacker for us. He’s a physical, athletic, and hard-hitting linebacker who tackles well in open space.”