TE Still Favors UM

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas standout wide receiver Brandon Ledbetter is having an excellent senior season, although he'd like to see improvement.

"I try to make things happen whenever I get the ball," Ledbetter said. "We've been doing well running it too."

Ledbetter has 10 receptions for 230 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Ledbetter projects as a tight end at the college level.

"I'm still 205, the same I was back in the spring," he said. "The reason I can't put on weight is because I have so much stuff going on with school and football and stuff. Whenever I have time to eat several times a day on a regular basis and start lifting every day during the offseason, I'll start to get bigger."

Ledbetter, a full academic qualifier, is still getting weekly phone calls from several Div. 1 programs.

"I still talk to UM a lot," he said. "Coach Chud stopped by one of our practices during their last bye week. Coach Randy Shannon has been talking to me. He said Chud was impressed with what he saw. They haven't offered yet because I think they're waiting to see what happens with some other kids first."

The talented tight end prospect said he does have a few other scholarship offers.

"Coach (George) Smith deals with all that until after the season," he said. "He doesn't want it to interfere with our season. He said Pittsburgh and West Virginia told him in his office that I have a scholarship. I haven't set up any visits or anything either. That'll be for after the season."

Ledbetter said he's been to several UM home games this season and has watched the tight ends closely.

"I think Winslow is going to be leaving," he said. "He's ready for the NFL. No. 84 is pretty good and he comes back. They have a couple other younger guys. I think they want to sign two. It's interesting, the day after Chud came by our practice, they committed the kid from Killian. I just hope they decide to offer me a scholarship because that would be awesome to have a chance to play there. I would work so hard, you have no idea."

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