WR/TE Favors UM

Seven months from now Brandon Ledbetter will be signing a National Letter of Intent that will complete what will likely be a difficult decision-making process. He's used to it, however, as he transferred schools in January.

"Going to St. Thomas [Aquinas High School] was tough at the time," the former Hollywood Hills standout said. "At the same time I was pretty excited. We're having a great summer -- lots of 7-on-7 stuff."

At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, the standout receiver/tight end is coming off a season in which he caught 30 passes. He's been playing football since 9th grade.

"Back then I was a 6-2, 180 defensive back," he said. "I also played receiver but I was mostly into defense at the time. That was a long time ago."

Ledbetter, who has the body frame to add a lot of extra weight in college, was asked about becoming a tight end in college.

"When I first thought about it, I wasn't real sure about all that," he said. "But then it started making sense to me. I look at guys like Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow from Miami. They were both near my size at this age and both bulked up once they got to college."

That's something Ledbetter plans on doing as well. Several programs are keeping close tabs on the talented pass-catcher.

"A lot of coaches called me during the May [evaluation] period," he said. "I talked with Virginia Tech, UM, Indiana, Purdue, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Northwestern. They all told me they'll be keeping in touch."

Ledbetter, who camped at Purdue this summer, was hoping to attend the UM camp before something came up.

"The plan was to go to Miami's camp," he said. "I wanted to go out there and perform in front of the coaches. But then something came up and I was out of town that weekend."

Ledbetter, who is still waiting on SAT scores to return, said the Hurricanes are clearly the team to beat.

"No. 1 on my list is definitely Miami," he said. "If they offered, I know I would take it in a heartbeat. I'm not sure about the rest right now, basically Florida and some of the ones that are recruiting me."

The standout WR/TE talked more about his interest in the Hurricanes and vica-versa.

"Their tight ends coach had been writing me a lot of stuff," he said. "He said how they liked me and that one of the coaches will be coming by the school. Then Randy Shannon came out and watched practice. Then I talked to him on the phone later on. He just was telling me that they like me and will be watching me. He said just work hard and have fun this summer and don't let any of the recruiting stuff get to me. Like I said, Miami's where I want to play."

Ledbetter said he prefers to play wide receiver but is willing to switch to tight end under the right circumstance.

"I sort of want to be a receiver," he said. "I guess I'd probably end up doing it (switching positions) for anyone but I'd definitely do it for Miami. They actually throw the ball to the tight end a lot and if they can bulk me up and match me up against a linebacker with my speed, I'd enjoy that. I've seen Shockey and Winslow do it for a few years now. I'd love to become a pass-catching guy like they have been."

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