Gators Make Huge Impression on WR

Ron Zook and the Gators hosted Arlington, Texas wide receiver <B>Lance Leggett</B> for an official visit this past weekend. The Gators are in a huge recruiting battle with Miami over the speedster from the Lone Star State.

Lance Leggett is one of the nation's top wide receiver prospects. Leggett, 6-4 and 177 pounds, runs like a gazelle (4.4 forty) and has great athleticism. He is sitting on over thirty scholarship offers and is coveted by some great college football programs. Leggett grew up in Bartow, Florida but moved to Arlington, Texas at the start of his junior year and he now plays at Grace Prep.

Arlington is where he calls home, for now. His mom still lives in Bartow and there's a good chance he could return to the Sunshine State to play his college football.

"I think there is a real good chance I play football in Florida," Leggett said. "Right now, Florida is my leader over Miami. They are my top two teams. I also like Oklahoma. If I decide to stay around here, I will go to Oklahoma. If I want to get back to Florida, I will pick the Gators or ‘Canes."

Those three schools have a big advantage over Florida State and Texas, the other schools that Leggett was seriously considering… he has already taken his official visits to Oklahoma, Miami and Florida.

"I went to Oklahoma (8/29) for their first game. I really liked it a lot. I hung out with the players and I like their coaching staff. I also hung out with Rhett (Bomar) and just had a real good time.

"The following week I visited Miami (9/5). That was the weekend they played Florida. The game atmosphere was super. Everything that surrounded that game was great. You look at Miami and all they do is win.

"This past weekend I went to Florida (9/12). Everything about that program and place I really like. The players seem great. Jemalle (Cornelius) was my host and I hung out a lot with Andre (Caldwell). That was my first game in the Swamp and that place is just crazy, the fans are crazy. I also really like the coaching staff and the system because they throw the ball so much."

For Leggett, it was important for him to take his official visits during the season, to witness for himself the game day atmosphere of the schools he really likes. For now, Leggett says he has had enough.

"I really wanted to get a great feel for the games. To me, that is so important. Everyone says I am going to Miami but right now I would give Florida the edge. I was planning on visiting Florida State and Texas but right now, I am not going to visit anyone else. I don't know when I will decide but I think I have a pretty good idea. When I know, I will make the announcement. It could be soon or it could be on Signing Day."

In the meantime, Leggett has a senior season to play. Last year, he helped Grace Prep to a state title. This season, they are off to a 1-1 start. In those two games, Leggett has three receptions for 44 yards.

"Lance has such great speed," Grace Prep Head Coach Mike Barber said. "He runs excellent routes and has real good hands. Leggett also plays free safety for us."

"I just try and outrun everyone when I get the ball. I have real good size and speed. I think I have a little (Randy) Moss in me out there. Sometimes it is tough because I always face the double teams. That just makes me work that much harder."

Last season as a junior, Leggett caught 40 passes for over 800 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Right now, he is carrying a 3.1 grade point average and has already scored a 1040 on the SAT.


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