The commitment: TE Jordan Leggett, Navarre HS [Fla.]
Date committed: March 3, 2012
Ranked: Three-star, No. 57 TE
Other options: Missouri, Louisville, USF, UCF
Position status: Since Dabo Swinney's first full season as head coach at Clemson, the tight end position has been a major part of the Tigers' offense -- from Michael Palmer to Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford. With Ford now trying to join Palmer and Allen in the NFL, there's an opening at tight end this fall. Sam Cooper [11 career catches] is the most productive returning candidate. Stanton Seckinger continues to transition from wide receiver. Last season, Darrell Smith was mostly a lead blocker. Jay Jay McCullough is coming off a redshirt first season.
The evaluation: Outstanding combination of length and athleticism. Leggett needs to add weight, but once he does there is considerable upside here, a natural pass catcher that plays outside much of the time -- long strider, soft hands. Leggett will need some time to work on his in-line blocking and adjust to the position, but the upside is there for him to be premier pass catching TE down the road. - Geoff Vogt, Scout.com Recruiting Analyst
Estimated impact: 2015. Chad Morris dished out positive reviews of Leggett during the early portions of spring practice. Among the things he noted was Leggett's increase in size since arriving in January. But Leggett needs to pack on a few more pounds as he continues to adjust to the college level. Right now, he looks more like a wide receiver than a tight end. Ideally, he would redshirt this fall. If that does happen, with several more experienced players ahead of him, Leggett could be a reserve in 2014 before competing for a spot in the two-deep in 2015.
Commitment capsule: Leggett
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