RB Prospect Talks Auburn, Early Offers

2014 running back prospect C.J. Leggett talks about his trip to Auburn on Wednesday and discusses his seven offers to this point.

Suwanee, Ga.—A talented running back prospect for North Gwinnett High School, C.J. Leggett is already getting attention from schools across the country as he prepares for his senior season this fall. On Wednesday he was on the Auburn campus checking out the Tigers and sitting down with the coaching staff to learn more about the program.

Taking in the Auburn campus along with his family, Leggett says he enjoyed his first experience on the Plains.

"It was great," the 5-9, 203 Leggett says. "I got to see a lot of the campus life. I also got to meet all the coaches. The weight room is great. It was great to see a big Bo Jackson poster up. As a running back I kind of idolize him. I like how the coaches are high on religion. I'm a high religion guy and believe in God. That's something I look for in coaches.

"I just like the family atmosphere," he adds. "The coaches are really for their players. They don't treat them like meat, they actually care for them. I like that aspect."

Getting the chance to sit down with Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton and learn how he would be used in Gus Malzahn's offense, Leggett says he likes what he hears from the Tigers and is hoping to get some good news in the coming months.

"I really like Coach Horton," Leggett says. "I like his plan he has for his players. He doesn't just shuffle them to the back when a freshman comes in. He kind of has a plan for everyone, a written down plan on how he sees them in the offense. I think that's really good.

"He said they have a high interest in me," he adds. "I'm going to call him once a week. He said I'm very high on their board so I look forward to hopefully getting an offer."

Currently with offers from UCLA, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Yale, Middle Tennessee, Georgia State and Miami (Ohio), Leggett says he doesn't have any favorites at the moment. He's also hearing from Missouri, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Stanford and California in addition to Auburn. Several of those schools are very prestigious academically, something that is important to a player that has a father who is a cardiac specialist and played basketball at Princeton. His mother is an attorney as well. Leggett says it's up to him to continue the tradition of being a strong student.

"Academics are huge because you always need a balance," Leggett says. "I'm trying to go into pre-med because I want to be an orthopedic surgeon. Academics is definitely big. I have big shoes to fill."

As a junior Leggett ran for 500 yards and scored eight touchdowns on just 60 carries.


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