Vols add Florida CB to recruiting class?

A.J. Leggett

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Southeastern Conference schools like Tennessee have a number of aspects around their football programs that can be eye catching to recruits.

Among the head-turners when high school recruits visit Knoxville and the campus for the first time is Neyland Stadium, which seats over 102,000.

A.J. Leggett, a three-star cornerback from South Florida, took note of what the Volunteers have to offer a prospect while officially visiting this weekend.

"It was great," Leggett said before heading back south. "I learned stuff I didn't know about the coaches and the players. It went real good.

"I walked to the stadium. I didn't know that they had over 100,000 people in the stadium. I saw the campus, talked to some coaches I hadn't had a chance to talk to."

Leggett grew up a fan of the Miami (Fla.) program and former coach Randy Shannon. He committed to the Hurricanes back on Nov. 21, 2010 but flipped to Florida State last January after new Miami coach Al Golden chose not to retain secondary coach Wesley McGriff, who spent this past season at Vanderbilt before joining coach Hugh Freeze's staff at Mississippi three weeks ago.

Then, Leggett switched his pledge back to Miami last February. However, he and the 'Canes parted ways, leaving the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder looking for a future home. He found his destination when he gave a verbal pledge to Marshall earlier this month.

When asked to gauge his commitment to the Thundering Herd, Leggett said: "I would probably say it's solid, but anything can happen."

He first heard from the Volunteers earlier in his high school career, but his recruitment hit a dry spell until Tennessee secondary coach Terry Joseph paid him a visit and set up the tour of Rocky Top.

"It was surprising because you know Tennessee is a big school, SEC school," said Leggett of the Vols' late interest. "I was anxious to get up here. I've been to a couple SEC schools but nothing like this before."

With National Signing Day getting going on Wednesday, Leggett knows he has some thinking to do. Stay with Marshall or flip to Tennessee?

"I just have to see what Marshall has to offer me and what Tennessee has to offer me. (Tennessee) gave me a lot to think about. My decision is going to be hard," said Leggett, who plans to announce his decision at South Miami (Fla.) High School.

"I'm just going to go home, talk it over with the family and see what they can give me about it. I'm just think about it real hard."

He started off his career at South Miami before transferring to Booker T. Washington. He spent his junior season at Gulliver Prep before a spring at Homestead then back to South Miami for his senior season.

Scout.com analyst and SunStateFootball.com contributor Geoff Vogt believes Leggett "has the best hips in the state and is a very physical DB."

He is ranks in at No. 125 in the Scout.com Southeast Top 150. Regional analyst Mike Bakas places Leggett as the No. 31 player in Florida.

"One of the top two-way players in the Miami area this season, Leggett made his biggest mark at quarterback," Bakas said. "However, he has the natural hips to be a shutdown corner at the next level. He can cover as well as anyone and has tremendous ball skills. Missing is the ideal size and plus speed."

Leggett reports a 2.4 GPA with a qualifying ACT score of 22 and is the father of a 1-year-old son named A.J.


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