Lejiste Has Plenty to Offer

Indiana was the first to offer a scholarship to Delray Beach, Fla., defensive back Jon Lejiste, who appears to be a top priority for the Hoosier coaching staff...

Bloomington, Ind. – Indiana was the first of many with Jon Lejiste.

The Hoosiers were the first to offer a scholarship in the spring to the 6-0, 177-pound defensive back from Delray Beach, Florida's Atlantic Community H.S., and many more have been following suit. Since, the likes of Rutgers, Duke, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Central Florida, among others, have offered as well.

"It's been a very busy spring so far," Lejiste said. "Almost every college program has visited our school. I expected it to be busy, but there have probably been more schools that I expected there to be."

Atlantic Community H.S., which went 11-1 a year ago and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, has a handful of Division I prospects. Arguably the two biggest names are Lejiste and fellow defensive back Karnell Hatcher, a safety who has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and LSU, among others.

Indiana has targeted Lejiste as a top priority to play cornerback, a position that figures to be a high priority in this year's recruiting class thanks to the lack of depth at the position along with the fact No. 1 cornerback Tracy Porter is a senior.

"(The Indiana coaches) told me they really loved how I looked on film, and that I was one of the top priorities for the DB coach that he wanted, and that kind of jumped out to me," Lejiste said. "They told me the number of seniors they have leaving at both the cornerback and safety position, and that tells me a lot. They stressed playing time, that if I'm good enough to play early I'll get a chance."

Based on his success at the prep level, Lejiste appears to have the skills to be an early contributor at the collegiate level. He has 4.44 speed in the 40 and is coming off a junior season when he totaled 55 tackles and two interceptions.

While he plays safety in high school, his measurables make him a strong candidate to make the move to cornerback in college.

"(College coaches) are mostly talking about cornerback but there are a few that say I can play either," Lejiste said. "I play safety on my high school team, but we play a lot of man, so I'm basically manned up most of the time."

Despite the fact it was the first to offer, Indiana figures to have plenty of competition for Lejiste's services. But as the summer months begin to heat up, Indiana remains very much in the running for this talented Florida defensive back.

"Right now, I don't have any school ahead of anyone else, all of them are equal," Lejiste said. "So Indiana is way up there with the others."

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