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Georgia Tech Recruiting: Yellow Jackets Take Lead For 3-Star Running Back

In the midst of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) football championships, one of the state’s top prospects suffered a heartbreaking defeat in a championship game, but was then greeted with much happier news.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution recruiting reporter, Michael Carvell, is reporting that Georgia Tech has offered North Gwinnett High School 3-star running back, C.J. Leggett, and he has in turn stated that the Yellow Jackets are on the top of his list. This would be a nice feather in the cap for Georgia Tech recruiting, which hasn’t had much to crow about so far this year.

247Sports has Leggett rated as the #25 running back, and the #46 overall player out of Georgia, while rivals.com lists him at the #49 running back.

According to Carvell, Leggett is also considering scholarship offers from UCLA, Pitt, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee State, Yale, Miami of Ohio, and Georgia State.

“I would say Georgia Tech is at the top of my list,” Leggett told the AJC on Sunday night. “They are definitely in the top two.

“The other one is possibly UCLA, but Georgia Tech might be in the No.1 spot right now because it’s just a glamorous school with what they have to offer with academics and athletics — plus it’s close to home. So I will take that into account, and that’s why it’s one of my top choices.”

Leggett would be an ideal fit for the option offense employed by Tech, as he’s got great quickness and the ability to get outside, and has also shown he can pound inside for tough yards with his 5-foot-9, 200-pound frame. He has been on Georgia Tech’s wish-list since transferring to North Gwinnett after last season, coming from nearby Chattahoochee HS.

“They said they would use me as both an A and B back; I feel I could do both,” Leggett said. “I can use my speed and moves to get to the edge, but I can also get the tough yards when you need to pound it in there. I can do a good mixture of both.”

Leggett has made the most of his senior season at North Gwinnett, finishing with 1,743 yards despite being hobbled with a turf-toe injury earlier in the season. He led his team to the State Class AAAAAA championship game, carrying the ball for 840 yards in the playoffs.

In that championship, Leggett rushed for 106 yards in a 31-14 loss to Norcross, who won their second consecutive title, but the phone call from Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof softened the blow of that loss a little for Leggett.

“He basically just called me, and said he was sorry about that game,” Leggett said. “He told me they had a spot for me at Georgia Tech, and they were realty excited about the possibility having me in their offense.”

According to Carvell, Leggett said another reason he likes Georgia Tech is that one of his best friends, Micheal Summer, plays wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets.

With big play running back Robert Godhigh graduating from Tech this year, the Jackets will be looking for another weapon to fill the void left by the diminutive but explosive back, who averaged 15 yards every time he touched the ball. Leggett could be just what Paul Johnson needed there.

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