Player: Thomas Leggett
School: Allan Hancock C.C. (Santa Maria, California)
Offers: Texas Tech
Recruiting Services: Rivals | 24/7 Sports | Scout | ESPN
Cumulative Ranking: N/A
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Another addition to the 2017 class, this time in junior college safety Thomas Leggett. Last year as a freshman, Leggett had 50 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 pass break-ups and 4 sacks for Hancock College and was set to enter his sophomore campaign, but had his grades in order and was able to commit to Texas Tech and start this summer. Coming out of high school, Leggett was an unrated cornerback that stood around 5’10” and 165 soaking wet, hence the JUCO route.
Leggett has grown a bit, which makes sense, since his brother is Jordan Leggett, a 5th round pick by the NY Jets this past draft and Jordan stands at 6’5″ 255. It’s just a matter of time before we have that pass rushing defensive end we’ve been craving.
Red Raider Sports’ Drew Kohnle spoke to Leggett about his commitment and discussed his journey as well as what he expects to play at Texas Tech:
“I took the junior college route out of high school as a full qualifier. I just wanted to give myself the best options possible and Texas Tech came right out with an opportunity and invite for an official visit. When I got here, the campus is beautiful, the stadium was great, and everything they showed me just took my breath away. The coaches didn’t have to come and recruit me right now, they could have waited. They could have made me prove myself so to say.
“For them to see me like that and the fact that they have a direct need at safety. I had that opportunity to come in and play right away at that level that I’ve been trying to reach since I was put into this recruiting world. They gave me that opportunity and then the shoe fit everywhere else. It just felt right.”
There’s a lot more there, so check it out.
Leggett displays good on-the-ball skills, seems to have a good idea of where the ball is and makes plays as a high safety and in space as well as up towards the line of scrimmage. When playing the slot or nickelback, he’s good on coverage and does a good job of reading the quarterback and making a quick play on the receiver. I think this is a good addition and it will be interesting to see how Leggett grows as a player. Leggett has 4 years to play 3 seasons, so he’s here for the long haul.