Cole Leinart leaves Mater Dei for Newport Harbor

Cole Leinart, a sophomore quarterback at Mater Dei and the son of Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, has transferred to Newport Harbor.

He was the backup quarterback the last two seasons to Elijah Brown. His father enrolled him at Mater Dei to be with the coach who coached him, Bruce Rollinson. Rollinson retired as coach after last season.

Leinart traveled with Mater Dei last week to Maryland for the team’s game against St. Frances but enrolled at Newport Harbor on Wednesday.

There’s speculation that Mater Dei might be getting a top transfer student next season in quarterback Julian Lewis, a sophomore from Georgia who’s committed to USC. Stay tuned.