In a year seemingly stocked with "hybrid" running backs in North Carolina, West Columbus (Cerro Gordo, NC) standout Travis Leggett may just be the best pure back of them all.
At 5-11, 200 pounds, Leggett ran a respectable 4.67-second 40-yard dash and posted a 31.7-inch vertical jump at the recent Scout.com combine held in Charlotte. The rising senior runs with power and has the deceptive quickness that helped him rush for 1,320 yards and 20 touchdowns despite playing out of position at QB in 2006. That potential has helped earn him quite a bit of interest during the May evaluation period.
"UNC, South Carolina and Virginia are the ones that I remember coming by the school," said Leggett. "Wake Forest has started showing a lot of interest and I'm hearing from Virginia Tech and NC State quite a bit, too."
The Pack was a team high on Leggett's list when Pack Pride first spoke to him a couple of months ago and that still seems to be the case.
"I really like the new coaching staff at State," said Leggett. "I think with coach O'Brien, they're going to do real good next season. I just like what they've got going on. Coach Petercuskie is recruiting me and they said they want to see me at camp before deciding on an offer."
The Pack coaches got an early opportunity to see Leggett this past weekend at the adidas combine held at NC State. Leggett looked solid in agility drills and was also a standout in one on one's. He'll look to further raise his stock this summer as he'll be attending camps at Wake Forest, NC State, South Carolina, Clemson, UNC and Virginia Tech.
For now, four schools have risen to the top of Leggett's list.
"Right now, I'm liking NC State, UNC, Virginia Tech and Virginia."