2014 Texas OL interested

South Carolina doesn't often recruit the state of Texas. But a young offensive lineman in the Lonestar State has family ties to South Carolina and is interested in the Gamecocks. Look inside for the story on La Porte HS (Tx.) standout Michael Leagan.

The state of Texas may produce as much football-playing talent as anywhere. But very rarely do the players possessing that talent grow up dreaming to play for the University of South Carolina.

But that's exactly the case with class of 2014 La Porte HS (Tx.) OL Michael Leagan.

Leagan, who has family in South Carolina, grew up pulling for the Gamecocks, and was one of the only sophomore offensive line starters in his district this season.

The 6-foot-2.5, 280-pound prospect took a visit to South Carolina for the Gamecocks spring game this past year and plans to be back on campus for the next spring game as well.

"They definitely want to win games and they look like they're going in the right direction from here on out," he says. "They definitely want to get some players. They want to win and they know how to do it."

Leagan also was impressed with the Gamecocks 11-2 season and Capital One Bowl victory.

"I thought that they did really well. The passing game and the running game worked really well together. The run and pass ratio was really good. They were really balanced."

Despite growing up a South Carolina fan, Leagan isn't shutting off any potential suitors. He lists Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia, Texas A&M, Texas and Wisconsin as other schools of interest.

"I like Tennessee because it's close to my dad's family up there too -- I have some family in Tennessee -- they look like they're going in the right direction. Wisconsin because they put a lot of linemen in the NFL and their football team always does well. Ole Miss because of their academics. Their academics are awesome."

Leagan considers his strength to be his run blocking.

He and his teammates put together a fantastic season this year and have even higher goals next season.

"We went into the fourth round of the playoffs and played at Reliant Stadium. It was a pretty good year. Everybody picked us to be last and we ended up winning our division. We went 9-1 in the regular season. It went really well and I played all three positions on the line. We bring everybody back next year, so hopefully we're setting ourselves up for a championship."

Leagan also hopes to take trips to Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. He plans to also visit for South Carolina's OL/DL camp.

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