Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 28 – WR Quantavius Leslie
One of several new guys to the LSU receiving corps, JuCo transfer Quantavius Leslie (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) comes in near the midway point of TSD's countdown of top 50 Tigers for 2013. Like Cordarrelle Patterson for Tennessee last fall, Leslie comes in from the junior college level looking to make an immediate impact as a big-bodied X-receiver in the SEC. He will compete with redshirt freshman Travin Dural for minutes on the outside under position coach Adam Henry.
With his size and athleticism, Leslie offers a ton of potential for an LSU offense in year one under coordinator Cam Cameron. If the Tigers are more serious about getting down the field vertically, Leslie becomes arguably Zach Mettenberger and LSU's best option. There was a bit of a divide in expectations for Leslie, though, amongst the TSD staff during voting, as witnessed by the spread below from 14th to 42nd. Ultimately, landing at No. 28 is a testament to Leslie's promise. He's the third of six wide-outs to come off the board, with Kadron Boone (No. 30) and James Wright (No. 48) already slotted.
By The Numbers
Leslie's highest ranking: 14th
Leslie's lowest ranking: 42nd
Why this ranking is too high
In short, Leslie hasn't proven anything yet and Dural is beginning to assert himself. For more than a year's time, the hope among the LSU fan base was that Leslie could be the one to come in and replace what the Tigers have lacked since Rueben Randle left. Well, Dural started to throw his name in the hat pretty seriously over the spring. So, depending on how competition goes between the two, this spot could overvalue Leslie's playing time and production in 2013.
Why this ranking is too low
At 6-foot-4, Leslie will be the tallest LSU wide receiver target in 2013 and offer a frame unlike so many of the team's receivers like Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. That uniqueness gives Leslie a leg up on just about everybody in the corps, size-wise, with the possible exceptions of Dural and James Wright. He brings with him to Tiger Town an awful lot of tools that can prove useful to LSU quarterbacks.
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