For Florida tight end Jordan Leggett, the numbers ‘one’ and ‘ten’ added up to ‘Clemson.’
Just two months ago, the Tigers – via offensive coordinator Chad Morris – were the first to offer the 6-6, 220-pound Leggett, who plays primarily as a wide receiver at Navarre, FL High School.
South Florida, Central Florida and Louisville soon followed suit, and Leggett was very much on the recruiting radar of Florida, Florida State and Georgia, among others.
On his weekend visit to Upstate SC for Clemson’s second ‘Junior Day’ of the 2013 recruiting cycle, Leggett saw plenty to make him want to be a Tiger.
And after getting an affirmative answer to an unusual request, Jordan ended his recruiting by committing to Clemson.
Tight ends usually don’t wear the No. 10, but Leggett told the NWF Daily News that he’s been assured by Dabo Swinney that he’ll get to do just that as a Tiger.
According to the NWF Daily News report:
“Leggett asked the Tigers coach if he could be assured of wearing No. 10 in college, the same jersey number worn by Ian Lockwood. Lockwood, a one-time receiver at Navarre himself, died in January of 2011 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
“Leggett, who called Lockwood one of his closest friends at the school, made it a point to express to Swinney the significance of number.
“’I just had to have that number, that’s the one thing I asked for,’ Leggett said. ‘They asked me the significance behind it. After I told him, he said, ‘That’s fine. When you get here, that’s your number.’
“That’s a big deal for me.’
“Leggett committed right then and there.”
During his junior season at Navarre High – which is located in the Florida Panhandle, between Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach – Leggett caught 45 passes for 606 yards and four touchdowns. His numbers, ball skills, lanky frame and growth potential came to the attention of Morris, who targeted him for what may well be Clemson’s only tight spot in its 2013 class.
Leggett, who recently ran a 4.78 40-yard dash, says he expects to play a hybrid tight end/slot receiver position in Morris’ offense – the same spot Jay Jay McCullough was recruited to play in Clemson 2012 class, and a position similar to what he plays in Navarre High’s offense.
Leggett told the NWF Daily News that he felt immediately comfortable when he visited Clemson.
“I just felt like I can make that another home for me,” Leggett said. “I just liked the school a lot.”
Leggett told ESPN that being first made a difference for Clemson.
"Clemson offered me first…and that always stuck with me," Leggett said. "But when I went there I was just blown away by everything there.”
The addition of Leggett will give the Tigers five scholarship tight ends in the fall of 2013: senior Darrell Smith, junior Sam Cooper, sophomore Eric MacLain, sophomore/redshirt freshman McCullough, and Leggett.