On Wednesday, the staff's dedication paid off by way of a verbal commitment from Leslie.
"I felt the love as the top guy they wanted, so I wanted to go ahead and commit," Leslie said. "I feel really good about where I fit in. I'm definitely solid to LSU and confident about that decision."
Leslie, who had a double-digit offer list that included a number of SEC schools, said his official visit for the spring game sold him on the Tigers, leaving him no reason to delay a process that could have played out well into the fall.
"That trip to Baton Rouge really did it for me," Leslie said. "I just felt at home, and I liked everything the coaches told me about how I could fit into the system.
"They needed a big receiver, and that's what I can come in and provide."
At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Leslie will give the offense a vertical threat with size, speed and impressive leaping ability, enough tools for the junior college transfer to become an immediate threat in the passing game, especially in red-zone situations.
"The coaches were really excited about what I could do, especially when I am up against smaller defensive backs," Leslie said. "I could play a year with Zach Mettenberger too, and from what I saw at the spring game and what the coaches have told me, we could do some big things together in the passing game.
"It's definitely a talented group of receivers, and I'm excited to be a part of that here soon."
Leslie, who is set to enroll at LSU in January as a mid-term graduate, credited first-year wide receivers coach Adam Henry for his role in helping lock up the Hinds prospect.
"Coach Henry definitely played a big part because he sold me on his ability to develop my game," Leslie said. "Coach Henry has been in the NFL, and that's where I am looking to go. (Henry) said he's going to show me what it takes to get there."
Leslie, who was not academically qualified coming out of high school, went from Hogansville, Ga. to Hinds, where he recorded 28 catches for 530 yards and 10 touchdowns last fall.
Leslie is the 10th pledge for the Class of 2013. He is the third wide receiver prospect on board, joined by Chuck Baker and Tre'Davious White. Neville quarterback John Diarse could also line up at wide receiver.