Leslie Making His Way to South Bend

Notre Dame will host several of its top recruiting prospects this weekend for the annual Blue-Gold game. Defensive back, Brandon Leslie from Edison High School (Fresno, Calif.) will be traveling in for his first look at the Notre Dame campus. He doesn't have an Irish offer yet, but he's hoping to leave with one in hand.

Brandon Leslie (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) had planned on making the trip to South Bend earlier in the year for a junior day, but he pushed his trip back so that he could visit for the Notre Dame spring game.

"I'll be down there Friday evening with my defensive backs coach, Tony Perry," Leslie responded when asked about his plans to visit Notre Dame. "I'm real excited. It's going to be a whole different experience, because I've never been in Indiana. I really don't know what to expect, but I know I want to have a good experience. I'm kind of clueless and I don't know what to expect, but I'm looking forward to it.

"Coach Perry is looking forward to the trip as well, because he's never been there. He's heard a lot of good things about the academics and the athletics, so he's excited.

"I've been talking to coach Ianello most of the time," Brandon said. "But I've talked to coach Lewis and I texted coach Weis the other day. I'm not counting on getting an offer this weekend but it could happen. If it doesn't happen this weekend, I'll be at the Nike camp and I think they will after they see me."

Brandon has been looking forward to this trip for several months. He realizes that Notre Dame wants to get a look at him in person, but he also knows that there is more to this trip than passing the eyeball test.

"They don't just want to see my size, they also want to see how good of a kid I am," Leslie explained. "They want to see if I‘m coachable, if they can work with me, my personality, and see how I get along with everyone. They want to see if I'm as good of a person off the field as I am on the field. All of Notre Dame's kids are good.

"I want to meet with the coaches and see how we click. I'm looking forward to meeting the head coach, the defensive coordinator, and my position coach and having a chance to get to know them. I want to see the facilities and the campus. I want to see where they need help at and see where they see me fitting in at. I'm a team player, so I'm I'll play where they need me.

"They said that they need corners, but they really haven't said a lot about safety," Leslie said. "They're mainly looking at me as a cornerback. My primary position now is free safety. I can play up in the box as a strong safety, but I'd say I'm best as a free safety or cornerback. I can cover as well as a corner, but if I'm at safety I can cover a lot of field.

"I like to put my hands on the receivers and get real physical with them. The big receivers are used little guys coming up on them, but I can come up and hold them up at the line. The quarterback doesn't have all day and if you can hold them up for a second or two it throws the whole play off."

Leslie currently has scholarship offers from Nebraska, Air Force, Washington and Stanford. Besides the Irish, there are a couple other schools that have taken serious interest in Leslie.

"Georgia Tech came out to watch me practice yesterday," Leslie said. "The coach said that he wanted to offer me, but he had to take it up with the head coach. They're having a meeting this week about me.

"I took an unofficial visit to Arizona last weekend. They didn't expect me to come, but I just tagged along with Robert [Golden]. I like it. It was pretty nice. I think they want to offer me as well, but they've already offered two safeties, so they're trying to figure out numbers.

"I'd say Georgia Tech, Nebraska and Notre Dame have been recruiting me the hardest," Brandon added.

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.

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