Leggett Looking Forward to Playing for Herd

Leggett Looking Forward to Playing for Herd

Defensive Back is a very important position as most football fans know. Over the past few years Marshall fans have asked the same question over and over. Why are we playing 12 to 15 yard off of the receiver? Why are we giving up all these short routes?

Defensive Back is a very important position as most football fans know. Over the past few years Marshall fans have asked the same question over and over. Why are we playing 12 to 15 yard off of the receiver? Why are we giving up all these short routes? The common answer was "the talent isn't quite there, or, they are young," etc. Hopefully Herd Fans will see a change very soon, maybe not this spring, with guys like Monterius Lovett and Keith Baxter being dinged up, but definitely this fall when big time recruit A.J. Leggett rolls into Huntington.

Marshall fans enjoyed watching the Herd man up against teams in the glory years with the likes of Reggie Giles, Melvin Cunningham, Terrance Tarpley, Daninelle Derricott, Maurice Hines, and Yancey Satterwhite just to name a few. Since then, the Herd has brought in talented players that were good, but not quite good enough. Herd fans have been longing for this type of a player ever since.

As previously mentioned, A.J. Leggett, an incoming freshman from South Miami Senior High School will arrive in Huntington this summer. The 5'11", 175 pound defensive back comes in highly touted. He originally committed to the University of Miami, but a coaching change changed all that. He then committed to the Herd, but was being courted heavily by Nebraska, and the University of Tennessee. He stayed true to his commitment and signed with the Herd this past February.

I recently caught up with Mr. Leggett and talked to him a bit about his recruitment, and his impending arrival in Huntington. According to Leggett, he will head to Huntington shortly after graduation in June to get started. He will however be on campus in late April to take in the Annual Green and White game which will conclude spring practice.

Leggett says he is completely eligible and expects to play corner. I asked him who all he knew on the team, and most notably other players at his position like Keith Baxter and Evan McKelvey. He said that he is close friends with Baxter, as they are from the same area. That could be fun seeing friends playing on opposite corners in our secondary. He also said that he is "close friends with Cato and Shuler."

Leggett is a very humble individual as I have found is the case with virtually every recruit that Doc and company are going after. I asked him about being one of the highest rated players in school history behind Randy Moss. He said, I mean it's pretty cool but I'm going to stay humble about the situation because ratings will start over in college, and I'm just coming to get an education, compete, win games, and get a couple of bowl wins like everyone else on the team.

He said he was really looking forward to the game against West Virginia University, because, "it is a big rivalry game, and it is the first game."

I ended with one simple question, I am going to list this just as it was asked and answered, as it shows a lot about this kid.

In the last two weeks, were you ever close to NOT coming to Marshall?

Answer: " I was never close to not coming. When I asked the Lord to guide me, I committed to Marshall. I new then, that is where I would be playing my college ball"

Marshall also has two starting defensive backs returning in Darryl Roberts and Monterius Lovett. Lovett has a little injury, but is practicing. Roberts is coming into camp having a great ending to the 2011 season. He played well in the Bowl game and picked off an overtime pass against ECU to allow the Herd to make it into a bowl game.

Stay tuned for more updates of recent commits, and future prospects here on Herdhaven.com

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