Leslie Looking For Another Shot

Former Georgia Tech and Fresno Edison safety Brandon Leslie is now at College of Sequoias and looking at UCLA, where several former teammates are now playing...

College of the Sequoias (Calif.) safety Brandon Leslie (6-1, 212), was one of the top safety prospects in the West in the class of 2008.

Leslie signed with Georgia Tech and spent two years in Atlanta, earning an ACC championship ring with the Yellow Jackets last fall.

But with his father ill, Leslie decided to transfer home back to Central California, where he starred for Fresno Edison, and play the 2010 season at COS.

"A lot of guys are getting recruited pretty hard and some coaches have been talking to me, but a whole lot of people don't know I've been back yet. Hopefully once people start to see that I'm back, I'll get some more attention," said Leslie. "I'm open to all schools, since most of the schools aren't from the West Coast.

Leslie said that he's hearing from Kentucky, Iowa State, Missouri, Arizona State, Cal and Eastern Michigan, who has offered.

"Coach Ron English is really tight with my high school DB coach, Coach Tony Perry and he said he wanted to offer me," said Leslie.

Leslie left Georgia Tech in good academic standing and said he could leave in December of this year, and be somewhere in time for spring practice.

"I'd be a two-for-two," said Leslie.

Arkansas is another school Leslie has interest in, with the Razorbacks having a pair of COS alums in their secondary, both safeties who are graduating.

"Arkansas has two safeties leaving, both from COS, and Kentucky said they'd like to get me out there and come in there and compete," said Leslie. "I'm definitely looking for immediate playing time because I'm a two-for-two."

And Arizona, where his close friend and former Edison teammate Robert Golden is starting at safety, is also keeping a close watch as is UCLA, a school he liked in high school and has had a strong history of recruiting Edison players. One of Leslie's former Edison teammates, Courtney Viney, is a corner with the Bruins.

Leslie continues to work out with Perry, who continues to cement his status as the premier secondary coach in the country.

"I worked out with TP still and he's still doing the coaching thing, and now I'm helping train with the younger guys," said Leslie.

Leslie said he's confident more offers will roll in when the season gets going.

"I do have some guys who said after my season, they'll probably offer, so I do expect to get some offers, and being at COS is giving me a good opportunity to be seen as well," said Leslie. "I want to get a chance to see a lot more schools and I'm really open to anything right now. I'm looking at somewhere I can make an impact and contribute immediately."

Leslie said he would make a decision shortly after his sophomore year at COS ended.

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