After his arrest on Tuesday, Reese Leitao’s future with Texas football is in question.
Leitao, a tight end from Jenks, Okla. who signed with UT last month as part of the Longhorns’ 2017 recruiting class, was arrested for possessing or delivering a controlled drug within 1,000 feet of a school. He was booked into a Tulsa jail Tuesday afternoon and was held in lieu of a $15,000 bond. He was released at 4:26 a.m. Wednesday and is scheduled to appear in court on March 7.
Leitao, 18, has not yet been charged. If he is charged with that crime, however, he would face a felony charge, according to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office.
The Longhorns are monitoring the situation.
“We’re aware of the situation involving our signee, Reese Leitao,” Texas coach Tom Herman said in a statement. “We’re collecting information, will talk to Reese and his family, let the legal system run its course and then address it further at the appropriate time.”
According to a police report obtained by the American-Statesman, campus police at Jenks High School were called after a Xanax pill was found in Leitao’s bag during a search by an administrator. Leitao told his principal that he was selling the drug; 19 additional Xanax pills were later found in a bottle that was hidden in Leitao’s underwear. The bottle was for a different prescription that had been made for Leitao.
Leitao also had more than $1,300 on him.
Leitao is the son of DePaul men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao. The school released the following statement: “DePaul University respects men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao’s right to address parental matters in private and will have no further comment.”
Leitao, a 6-4, 235-pound tight end, caught 34 passes for 423 yards and four touchdowns his senior season. He was considered a top-10 player in the state of Oklahoma and the nation’s 19th-rated tight end prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU and Penn State also offered him.
He was considered a contender to earn playing time this fall; Texas, under Herman, is expected to need a tight end that can both block as well as line up as a receiver.
“If he doesn’t grow another inch, he’s got a chance to be that dual guy for us,” UT tight ends coach Corby Meekins said last month.