The 2007 New Jersey recruiting class has one of the best group of skilled players in a number of years. Among the best players in this group is Colonia linebacker Eric LeGrand. LeGrand is an old style MLB, who plays a physical style of defense coupled with the speed to run from sideline to sideline. His speed is a great compliment to his power which is evident by his 430lbs bench press and 660lbs squat.
As a junior, he registered over 150 tackles along with rushing for 807 yards and 8 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named third-team All-State team and received a number of other honors. His abilities have enabled him to garner scholarship offers from Rutgers and Virginia along with heavy interest from schools from across the nation. Some of these schools include Notre Dame, USC, Rutgers, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, and Boston College.
Due to the number of schools that have been expressing heavy interest, LeGrand has setup a number of unofficial visits to schools to get a better feel for the schools. Two weeks ago, he attended the Rutgers Junior Day. He will be visiting Virginia (February 24), Maryland (February 25), Notre Dame (March 2), and North Carolina (March 24). During the summer, he plans on visiting the campus of the University of Florida along with attending the camps of selected schools.
As far as factors for making a decision, LeGrand is focusing on education, work ethic, and the program's stability. Regarding Education, he would like to major in communications.As a result, he is looking for a school with a good communications program. After his football career is over, he would like to be an ESPN analyst.
For LeGrand, he is looking to see how hard the team works. As LeGrand states, "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard". So the work ethic of a team is important.
His third factor is the stability of the coaching staff. It is important for the coaching staff of his selected school to be there until he graduates.
LeGrand has the following to say about his favorites:
Notre Dame - "They are very high on my list. I can not wait to see the campus and meet the rest of the coaching staff. I have already met Coach Weis, who has come to my school to see me. It was great to see him come to my school because he only sees the top prospects".
USC - "They have started to talk to my coach recently. They have asked for a lot of film".
Rutgers - "I love it there, I love the staff and love the campus. It might effect my decision because it is so close and my family and friends will have a chance to see me play".
Florida - "I can not wait to go down there in the summer to see the campus".
UVa - "I was there when I was a freshmen. But I really do not remember it too clearly. They have a new recruiting coach and I'm looking forward to meeting him".
These programs along with his many suitors will need to wait for a decision. Like many of today's elite prospects, LeGrande would like to make a decision either on signing day or during the Army All-American game.