It isn't often that Notre Dame can grab the attention of a top player on the West Coast, but Brandon Leslie (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is already a big fan of the Irish.
"I'm really interested in Notre Dame," Leslie responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I hadn't heard much from them until about mid last season. Then they started sending me a lot of letters wishing me luck on my season and general interest letters telling me what was going on with their season.
"I've always liked Notre Dame. I like the movie ‘Rudy'. I like the tradition, the players that have come through there. I like coach Weis, I think he'll be a good coach to play for. I don't know anyone personally that plays there, but I watch every game on TV.
"I'm planning on going to their junior day in March," Leslie said. "I want to see the campus and all the facilities. I also want to meet all the coaches and the team and see how I connect with them. I'm really hoping that they offer me."
Leslie is being recruited by schools across the country. Besides Notre Dame, he is hearing from Louisville, Georgia Tech, Washington, Nebraska (offer), Stanford, Cal, Michigan, UCLA, USC, and Florida State.
"I have a top three of Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Washington," Leslie said. "Notre Dame is definitely at the top. Nebraska was one of the first schools to come after me, so I appreciate them coming after me early. I like the University of Washington because when their defensive backs coach was at Cal he recruited some players from my school, so I have a good relationship with him.
"Academics come first. I don't care if I red-shirt or not. If they need me to play as a freshman I will. I'm just looking forward to playing some football and go to a good school. I just want to have the opportunity to play. The weather really doesn't matter to me.
"I plan on committing before my season starts, probably sometime around July," Brandon added.
As a freshman Leslie played behind two players that signed Division I scholarships, Robert Peele (Cal) and Johnny Sears (Michigan). As a sophomore Leslie was named all-state, all-league, and all-conference. That year he had 84 tackles and three interceptions. Last season he registered approximately 77 tackles and two interceptions.
"I play strong safety in high school, but I'm more of a free safety that can run and cover," Leslie explained. "I could play either free safety or cornerback. I like to run to the ball. I bring leadership to the field. I'm always talking on the field and bringing my teammates together. I have a really good work ethic."
Leslie reported a 3.3 core g.p.a.