WR Wesley Leftwich 6'1" 200 4.3 Columbia (MO) Hickman
Wesley Leftwich enrolled at Missouri in January, and has been working out with the team.
Leftwich primarily played wide receiver for Coach Jason Wright's Kewpies, where he had 16 receptions for 257 yards, and 4 TDs, as a senior, after catching 17 passes for 376 yards and 5 scores during his junior season. He also ran the football 20 times as a junior, for 180 yards and 3 TDs. Leftwich was named all-district as a wide receiver following his junior season.
Leftwich received All-State honors as a punter his junior year, while taking home all-district punter honors as a senior.
Leftwich took 5th place in the long jump in the 2010 state championship track meet, after taking 6th place in the same event in 2009. He also ran a leg on the 800-meter relay team which took 6th place at state in 2010.
Following his junior year, Leftwich participated in the Nike sponsored National SPARQ Testing in Portland (OR). He posted a combined score of 131.1, which was the third highest score nationally. He recorded a time of 4.43 seconds in the forty yard dash, had a vertical jump of 40", a 20 yard shuttle time of 3.95 seconds, and a power ball toss of 34.5 feet.
After Leftwich chose Missouri over Stanford, Illinois, and Iowa, among many others, he expressed appreciation for the support provided him by his parents, Jim and Valerie Leftwich, during his travels, and with his decision.
Wesley likes to lift weights and enjoys playing X-Box when he has time. He's planning to study nutrition and fitness at Missouri.
"Wesley broke the Army All-American Combine 40-yard dash record," said Coach Andy Hill, who was the primary recruiter for Leftwich. "He ran a 4.31, broke Percy Harvin's record............................ He's just not a work out guy. We think he can be a good football player. Getting here in the spring will help him."
JP's Take – You can't teach the kind of elite speed that Wesley Leftwich was blessed with. He has consistently run in the 4.3's for his forty time for the past two years. He has also shown great explosion in his vertical jump and agility as he has been one of the top athletes in the country showcasing his athletic ability in multiple football combines across the nation. Add to that the fact that Wesley has shown good natural ability playing football, despite not having a lot of time under his belt playing the sport. You combine the natural football ability and athleticism and the Tiger coaches have a great prospect on their hands to develop into a very good football play. Wes has good hands and runs well with the ball in his hands. He is fast enough that he can blow by defenders who seemly have an angle on him. When you watch his video you see him split multiple would be tacklers by kicking into that extra gear he has. As he continues to learn the game and gets more comfortable, he is a player that will be able to cause problems for opposing defenses with his speed and athleticism. He already has a good work ethic, but expect even more with TJ Moe taking him under his wing to help teach him the ropes.
Greg's Take - Leftwich has very good overall athletic ability, and is a hard-working, coachable kid. He has good hands, and a strong, athletic build. But, his greatest asset is his phenomenal speed. T.J. Moe has already taken him under his wing, and Leftwich will have two years to shadow Missouri's leading returning receiver. The Missouri staff knows that Leftwich is not ready to play right away. They see him as having a very high ceiling, and the work ethic to approach it. He'll be a low-maintenance guy who could possibly develop into a legitimate deep threat receiver.
Wesley Leftwich Senior Highlights