Line Work

A rising junior defensive end had an impressive showing at one of West Virginia's June football camps, and is hoping to hear more from the Mountaineers.

Glades Central's Steven Leggett made the trip from Florida to West Virginia to take part in a WVU summer football camp recently, and the aggressive defender didn't waste any time making his presence known. The edge rusher moved nimbly though many footwork and individual drills, then got to the "quarterback" several times during one-on-one blocking\rushing match-ups.

After returning home, the 6-1, 240-pounder had good things to say about the camp experience.

"The coaches there taught us well," Leggett said. "Coach Slaughter was very good. He showed us several things that I haven't heard before from other coaches, and those were new things for me."

One of those items taught was to view pass rushing as a reactionary method rather than basing everything on a primary initial technique.

"Coach Slaughter taught us about making our moves based on what the offensive line does," Leggett explained. "He said it was important to see what they did first, then make your move off of that. He told us you can't predetermine what you are going to do. You have to watch the offensive lineman and counter what he does."

Of course, that doesn't mean that a pass rusher should be passive, and there wasn't any danger of Leggett falling into that trap. Once he made his diagnosis, he rushed aggressively and used a variety of moves to engage and get past his opponent.

"That's one of the things that I think I am good at," he said. "I can make contact and then get off of it quickly. I'm good at shedding blocks. I have some speed, and the experience to do that."

To date, Leggett has offers from Akron and Marshall, but a host of schools, including West Virginia, Michigan State, Arkansas, LSU and Pitt are keeping in close contact, and if he continues to show up in games as he has in summer camps so far, more scholarship tenders should be flowing in.

Leggett will continue his summer camp tour at Miami and Florida before beginning preparations for his junior season.


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