Orlando Evans lineman set for MSU visit

The Orlando Sentinel newspaper did a feature story on Abre' Leggins decision not to transfer from Evans high school, termed a "struggling school" by the paper, into a higher-performing school as part of Florida's school of choice program.

EAST LANSING - I had a chance to talk to MSU recruit Abre Leggins on the phone and get a feel about what he is thinking about as far as recruiting and visits go, and rumors about Abre already commiting to MSU.

First we talked about offers and visits.

"I'm visiting MSU on the 20th (of January) and will be visiting Florida International on the 13th (of January). I have offers from North Carolina State, and Ole Miss, but I'm not sure about when I'll actually visit other schools."

This seems to be a small revelation in that most recruiting services had him visiting Clemson on the 13th.

"I have not committed to MSU yet, and in fact, I haven't received an offer yet." So do you expect to get one on your visit, I asked? "Yes sir, I do."

Why do you like MSU? "I like MSU because they are coming after me hard", stated Leggins, "and it looks like they will have early playing time for what they are recruiting me for, and they have good fans."

He stated, "MSU is recruiting me strictly as a defensive tackle." I then asked him if he was aware that Domato Peko and Brandon McKinney were leaving and he added, "Yes sir."

Seeing that his height, weight, and stats, had variations I asked him for accurate numbers.

"I'm actually now 6-foot-4 and 295-pounds. My forty time is 5.0 and I bench 365 pounds, and have a 30-inch vertical jump." Those are some good numbers, a nice vertical jump, and bench for a young guy. You can easily envision a 400-pound bench with a year in the weight room.

I asked him about his high school, Orlando Evans and his individual accomplishments. "We had a bad year, and finished 3-7."

"I had 36 tackles and three sacks, but that was because I played mostly on offense as an offensive tackle."

It sounds like you are a team player Abre? "Yes sir, I'll do whatever the team needs."

I then asked about his strengths as a football player and what the coaches are saying. "They like me for my hustle, my football I.Q, and my quickness."

So Abre, do you have a leader, and when will you decide? "I don't have a leader right now, and I'll probably decide a week before signing day."

I really like Abre, he's a "yes sir, no sir" kind of kid. When I told him I took my kids to Disneyworld, the one with the tree, without hesitation he said, "Animal Kingdom" and added, "I've been to Disneyworld several times."

Hopefully for MSU fans, the next "ride" he takes to MSU will be for an offer from John L. Smith, and he will reciprocate with a verbal commitment.

The Orlando Sentinel newspaper did a feature story on Abre' Leggins decision not to transfer from Evans high school, termed a "struggling school" by the paper, into a higher-performing school as part of Florida's school of choice program. You can read that story by clicking HERE


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