The Red Raiders picked up a late addition to their 2017 class on Saturday. JUCO safety Thomas Leggett announced via Twitter that he will be transferring to Texas Tech.
— Thomas Leggett (@Dope_db) May 14, 2017
Leggett, who will be a sophomore, spent last season at Hancock College where he recorded 50 tackles, four pass break ups, four sacks and two interceptions. With a stat line like that, Leggett is a guy whose presence can be felt all over the field, and he will help give the Tech secondary some depth.
Leggett spoke with RedRaiderSports.com about his decision to take the JUCO route and why he chose Texas Tech.
“I took the junior college route out of high school as a full qualifier,” Leggett told RedRaiderSports. “I just wanted to give myself the best options possible and Texas Tech came right out with an opportunity and invite for an official visit. When I got here, the campus is beautiful, the stadium was great, and everything they showed me just took my breath away. The coaches didn’t have to come and recruit me right now, they could have waited. They could have made me prove myself so to say.”
It is not at all surprising to see Thomas get a shot at the Division I level. His brother, Jordan Leggett, was just drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round.
It’s a big get for coach Kingsbury. He has come under fire as recent defections have started to mount. First, back in January, DT Breiden Fehoko announced he was transferring. Then, in late April, leading receiver Jonathan Giles announced he is also transferring. Then, in early May, 3-star receiver Treveon Johnson become the third recruit to decommit from the Red Raider’s 2018 class. And to top it all off, Receiver Tony Brown announced last week that he will also be transferring.
While the defections are less than ideal, to say the least, it hasn’t been all bad news recently. The Red Raiders picked up a commit from 2-star receiver Corey Fulcher, and former Iowa running back Derrick Mitchell announced on Saturday that he will be taking his services to Lubbock. With the addition of Leggett, hopefully this is the start of a positive run through the end of the off-season.
“They made me feel like I was at home, which really sealed the deal for me. They were the first school to give me an opportunity and were the first school to see me as a high caliber safety who could play at the D1 level. I took that into consideration. I really took that to heart. That’s really what sealed the deal for me.”