Leggett commits to the Jackets

C.J. Leggett committed to Georgia Tech on Friday.

Georgia Tech picked up a talented running back prospect on Friday when three-star C.J. Leggett from North Gwinnett committed to the Yellow Jackets.

“C.J. and I had a brief conversation about Georgia Tech,” North Gwinnett head football coach Bob Sphire said. “I knew they were definitely on the radar after they came on him a couple of weeks ago. He’s a strong academic kid. He’s looking into going to orthopedic surgery. Education has always been important to him. They’re a run-base offense too, so that had something to do with it. The fact that you can roll in a BCS caliber program with a strong academic program, that’s primarily what our conversation was about.”

According to Sphire, Leggett spoke with defensive-coordinator Ted Roof the most during the recruiting process.

“I think he primarily spoke with Ted Roof,” Sphire said. “C.J. had a lot of personal conversations where he was calling Paul Johnson and talking to him as well. Ted Roof was probably the main guy.”

Sphire said Jackets’ fans should be excited to have him part of the team.

“We just played in the state championship and he was a big part of that,” Sphire said. “I think he was the leading rusher in 6A ball in Georgia. We played one of the most difficult schedules in the country. Obviously, he has performed against BCS caliber guys week in and week out. He’s had a tremendous year here. He carried the ball 40 times in third round play-off game against Hillgrove. He had carried it 33 times for almost 300 yards against Peachtree Ridge in the semifinals. Obviously, he can be a workhorse and has done it against some of the best talent in the country. Why would (Tech fans) not be excited for him is my question.”

Leggett is the No. 51 running back prospect nationally according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He is commit No. 19 for the Jackets during the 2014 cycle.

Georgia Tech now has the nation's No. 50 class nationally for the 2014 cycle.

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