November 20, 2006

Ashton Leggett: Unstoppable force

Every year comes across a player we cannot figure out why Big Ten teams are not offering. This year that player happens to be the top running back prospect in the state on the top ranked team in the state, Ashton Leggett of Muskegon High School.

In 2004 we kept praising the ability of running back Jalen Parmelee. Big Ten teams passed and all he did this year was rush for 1000-yards for the Toledo Rockets as junior. In 2005, we thought Trevor Anderson deserved Big Ten attention. He is now a key component of the Cincinnati Bearcat front four. This year Leggett is one of several players that we believe have what it takes to play at a BCS conference school.

Leggett is serious football player. If anyone has any doubts all they need to do is ask any of the numerous teams he has run roughshod over this fall. As the competition has increased in the playoffs, Leggett has taken his game to another level.

This past weekend Leggett was the driving force in the Big Red's attack. Leggett ripped up an undefeated Davison defense to the tune of 272-yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries. Leggett now has 1951-yards on 218 carries and has scored 32 touchdowns.

At 5-foot-11 and 225-pounds, Leggett is a tough player to tackle, but what separates him from the average big running back is his balance and vision. Lots of guys his size can run, but they don't have the innate ability to read holes and set up blocks.

When we spoke with Leggett last night, he had just returned from a film session. He and his Muskegon teammates were watching film of the Friday's opponent in the State Championship game, Warren DeLaSalle. High School. DeLaSalle is lead by another impressive running back prospect by the name of Jimmy Berezik Is it any coincidence that the champiohsnip game features two teams that rely on a dominant running attack?

Due to being focused on the championship game, Leggett indicated that he has not had a lot of time for recruiting, but he did offer the following information.

"I have two visits lined up so far. I have one set for Eastern Michigan and the other is with Buffalo. One will be in December and the other in January."

As far as the Big Ten schools Leggett said:

"I hope to hear more from them. I really want to play at the highest level possible. All I can do is keep going out and playing hard and hopefully they will give me a chance."

Michigan State was one of the teams that was keeping tabs on Leggett prior to the coaching change. Leggett informed us that he is aware of the situation in East Lansing and hopes to hear from the new coach when he is hired.

"Hopefully when the new coach gets in there he will see the film of me and like what he sees. I know I can play at that level." concurs with Leggett's assessment of his ability. The interesting thing about Leggett is he is not only a standout running back, but he could probably be a solid linebacker in college as well.

Spartan fans can get a glimpse of Leggett in action this Friday at 1 PM when Muskegon faces DeLaSalle. Teh game will be televised on Fox Spots Detroit.

If the Big Red do indeed win another state championship, more than likely it will be Leggett that shoulders much of the offensive load. Despite many teams gearing up to stop him this fall, none have had success.

If you look at Leggett's film you will notice two things. Not only does he run with power, but also he does not get caught from behind. One other aspect that is often overlooked is how quick he hits the whole. Leggett has a good burst and his legs are constantly moving.

Click the link below to see Leggett in action.

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