Clemson's Leggett: Next Talented Tigers TE?
By Eric Russell
The list grows every year.
Last season it was Brandon Ford. Prior to that it was Dwayne Allen. In the past, the likes of Jim Riggs and James Coley etched their names on it.
The list is of former Clemson tight ends who made a major impact during their time with the team. All of the aforementioned Tigers played at the next level (Ford signed a free agent contract with the Patriots). True freshman Jordan Leggett may be next to join the esteemed ranks of top-tier tight ends at Clemson.
Head coach Dabo Swinney said Leggett, who enrolled early after graduating from Navarree High School in Florida, was the surprise of the spring. He could be the surprise of the conference come fall.
"He's just cool as a cucumber," Swinney said of Leggett after the Tigers' spring game back in April. "He's just one of those guys who's got great instincts and picks things up very well. I don't have any doubt he'll be a factor for us."
Leggett hauled in seven passes for 97 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown in the Tigers' spring game. The other big development for the Clemson tight end corps: Sam Cooper tore his ACL. With Cooper out, Leggett will get an opportunity to contribute early and often.
Quarterback Tahj Boyd likes utilizing the tight ends in the Tigers' passing attack. In each of the last two seasons, Clemson's starting tight end has caught 40 or more passes and eight touchdowns. With Leggett in the fold, the numbers may not see much of a drop.
At 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, Leggett will give Boyd another dangerous downfield target to go along with the talented receivers. Rivals listed Leggett as the 13th-ranked tight end in the nation, and he chose Clemson over schools like Louisville and Missouri.
In many ways you can see why Clemson fans and coaches are so high on the tight end with immense potential. From the flashes he showed on the field this spring to his desire to be great — which he often reveals on Twitter — Leggett certainly fits the bill of a player with success in his future.
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris may have found the next star.