UM Watching TE Closely

After catching just one pass in a season opening loss to Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas standout wide receiver Brandon Ledbetter bounced back with a big performance last Friday.

"I caught a couple early touchdowns," Ledbetter said. "One went for 10 yards and another went for 20. They were both fades. Cornerbacks can't cover that."

Ledbetter, 6-5 and 210 pounds, has been communicating with several college coaches in recent week.

"I've been talking to UM, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, several of them," he said. "I haven't set any of my visits up yet. I'll take those in January."

The talented receiver will likely play tight end in college. After telling me for months that he'll try playing receiver, he is starting to realize that he will be a tight end at the next level.

"At first I only considered playing tight end if I went to UM but now I'll consider it at any big school," he said. "With school and football and everything, my eating habits aren't real good right now. I can eat a lot better and once I get to college, I'll put on a lot of weight. I might be 240-245 pounds after my first two years."

Ledbetter has been talking with UM coach Rob Chudzinski and says he's hoping for a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes.

"I'm hoping for it," he said. "It hasn't happened yet. The thing is, they really haven't seen me much. They don't have any of my tapes from (Hollywood) Hills (where I played last season) and I haven't sent them my tapes from this year yet. He's only seen me at one of my spring practices that he came to. He said they'll come watch my game in a couple weeks because they have a bye week coming up."

Ledbetter has attended the first two home games at the Orange Bowl this year.

"The Florida game was crazy," he said. "It was awesome and it was fun being there. The East Carolina game wasn't anything like that but I had fun with some of my boys (including teammate Anthony Reddick, who lists an offer from UM).

The talented tight end said he's hoping the Hurricanes select him as one of their tight end recruits this year.

"I know they're recruiting the guy from Chaminade too," he said. "He's a good athlete and everything but I don't understand it -- he doesn't even have a catch this season."

Ledbetter makes it very clear what he'd do if the Canes were to offer, saying, "I'd definitely go there."

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