LaBrose Hedgemon is one of the top cover corners in the South and many consider him the No. 1 cornerback in Alabama for the class of 2003 based on his outstanding cover skills. He used his 36.6" vertical leap to snag nine interceptions as a junior and his vertical leap has a lot to do with the dubious nickname he has earned by his teammates.
"They say when I go for the pick I get up pretty high and that is where the nickname came from," he said. "My speed and quickness off the ball are what make me stand out on defense. I am also physical and the weight room has a lot to with that and has helped me a lot. Most colleges want corners that can block up the receivers at the line and I can do that with the best of them."
One of the main players in giving him his nickname is his teammate and good friend Chad Jackson. TheInsiders.com rates Jackson the fifth best receiver in the country and Hedgemon said he has benefited tremendously from going up against one of the best prep receivers in America.
"It is always good competition between us," Hedgemon said. "He helps me out and I help him out with the little things. He tells me what receivers are thinking and I tell him what the cornerback is probably thinking during games. We talk about playing together next year but we are really just focusing on the season right now."
Teams have shied away from Hedgemon during his senior year and he has only two interceptions to show for it. He seems to always draw the opposing team's top receiver because of his ability to shadow the opposition and throw them out of their routes.
"I like playing man-to-man," Hedgemon said. "I can play zone but I like to be one on one because that frees up the linebackers to get more pressure."
Hedgemon spent last summer traveling to several camps including LSU, Auburn and North Carolina. He has offers from the coaches at all three of the camps he attended but he has also received offers from Notre Dame, Arkansas, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Mississippi State to name a few. He has not set up any visits yet and said he is wide open with all of the schools that are recruiting him.
"Everyone is even right now," he said. "I am going to schedule my visits and then go from there. Some good schools want me and from the list I have I can't make a bad decision."
However, he said LSU will definitely get one of his official visits.
"I like the tradition at LSU," he said. "I also like the style of defense and the way they play in the defensive backfield. They like to play a lot of man and that is right up my alley. I can go with the best in man."
If he can play with the best like he said then he would fit in just right with the Tigers' defense since it is currently ranked No. 1 in the land in several categories.
"It has its perks to be nationally ranked like that," said Hedgemon, who is fully qualified with a 2.9 grade point average and a 21 on his ACT. "Coach Saban is always going to have a good secondary and I could tell that when I went down there."
When he made it to Baton Rouge for one of Saban's summer camps he said he was in awe at the size and mystique of Tiger Stadium even though he has never seen it filled to its capacity like he will if he makes his official trip during the football season.
"It was nice and real big," he said. "It was packed when I saw it on television and the fans show their support as good as any other palace I've seen. The fans can make the opposing team have to alter their game in many ways."