2010 receiver to keep an eye on

After turning heads at the 7-on-7 State Championship tournament in College Station earlier this month, Tomball wide receiver Jordan Leslie is starting to gain more and more attention. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the junior-to-be about his recruiting process, what he thought about College Station and his goals for his upcoming junior campaign.

With Texas A&M already sitting at 22 commitments in July and only a handful of spots remaining for the Class of 2009, attention is starting to shift to the class of 2010 where several prospects are already emerging as future difference makers and coveted targets in the coming year. One such prospect who really turned heads at the recent state 7-on-7 tournament was Jordan Leslie of Tomball High School (TX).

At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, Leslie has that prototypical long, slender yet muscular body type that college coaches crave at the receiver position. He consistently used his height, long arms, and strength to go up and make several circus catches over smaller defensive backs who were in good position to break-up the play.

"I like going up and getting the ball. That seems to be one of my strengths," Leslie said. "My coaches say I have great hands, and I'm confident that if the ball is close to me, I'll catch it."

However, going into his junior season this fall, the Tomball standout knows that he must continue to develop his skills if he wants to improve on his sophomore performance where he caught 54 passes for approximately 800 yards and five touchdowns.

"You always have to get better and I'm working hard this summer to elevate my game," Leslie said. "I'm focusing on coming off the ball better and improving my speed, and I'm always trying to get stronger."

In addition to preparing for the upcoming season, Leslie stays busy playing for the Houston Northwest AAU basketball team. His team is participating in the prestigious Big Event Tournament in Las Vegas. He enjoys playing multiple sports, but he realizes that football is where his future lies.

"I enjoy both sports and it's hard to say I like one over the other," Leslie said. "But I'd have to say that football probably comes easier for me and it's what I'll probably do at the next level."

With Leslie just entering his junior campaign, the thought of recruiting has not been something on his mind, but he realizes that it's something that he'll have to start thinking about in the near future. With that said, he does have a couple of in-state schools of interest that come to mind.

"Really, I'd be blessed to go to any school that offers me the opportunity to play and get a free education," Leslie said. "I haven't really thought about it too much, but growing up I followed Texas and I also like Texas A&M. The 7-on-7 tournament was my first trip to A&M, and it seemed like a nice college town from what I saw."

Leslie is looking forward to a successful season for Tomball, as they return quite a few quality players at key positions.

"We've got a great quarterback, and there are other quality receivers on the team that can make plays," Leslie said. "We have a strong secondary coming back. My brother is the starting strong safety. We should be pretty good if we stay focused and do our jobs."

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