Allan Hancock College (Calif.) defensive back Thomas Leggett announced his commitment to Texas Tech via Twitter on Saturday during his official visit to the campus.
The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Navarre, Florida native said he was blown away by the hospitality in Lubbock during his first trip to the Lone Star State.
"It was something special. Like I said, I had never really been to Texas but coming here felt like home the way they were treating me, the people around me and all the thing I saw. Beautiful campus, the stadium had me lost for words and just everything they have going for them here at Texas Tech is just something that grabbed my attention. It just made me want to go ahead and make that decision to come here and play football. The visit overall, the hospitality they showed me, the people in the town, it was something else. It was definitely commit."
Leggett, who as a late addition to the 2017 signing class will have four years to play three seasons when he enrolls at Texas Tech in June, said a number of factors played a part in his decision to become a Red Raider.
"Texas Tech was the first big-time offer I was considering. I took that into play. They took that chance on me and they see me as that player. I could have easily gone back for another season and busted my options wide open, but just them showing me that kind of influenced me a little bit there, but once I got on campus, saw everything, just talking to coaches and just seeing what it's about at Tech it just pushed me toward going ahead and making that decision. Also their need for DB's right now, having the opportunity to come in and make an impact my first season here. All that played into me wanting to come here and play next season."
Leggett, who recorded a team-high 50 tackles, plus two interceptions in 10 games en route to earning first-team all conference honors as a freshman last season, said one of the highlights of his visit was eating dinner with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, and meeting with him in his office the next day.
"We talked a little bit. We talked about future things that he was excited about me possibly coming in. He's a really great guy and just seems like somebody who cares about his players. He's not just the head coach, he's going to 1-on-1 with the players, he's going to talk to them, interact with them. He's a real cool dude and I look forward to playing for him."
Texas Tech defensive backs coach Karl Scott, who has been recruiting Leggett pretty hard for about a month and visited him in California a couple weeks back told him about the need for defensive backs:
"He just said, they're working with a new class of DB's right now. Coming in I have a chance to compete for that position. Just that it's wide open."
Leggett added that him enrolling in the summer, working with the team will give him a chance to get acclimated to his teammates, coaches and the system so he can contribute next season. Scott sees him playing safety and perhaps some nickel.
Though Tech was his only offer, Washington State and Kansas checked in late, but Leggett said by then he was already on his way to becoming a Red Raider.