It was evident early Jordan Leggett had the potential to be a great football player.
Rusty Bauldree was the first to see it, coaching Leggett in his first season of NYSA football.
“He was as tall as me and he was only 10,” Bauldree said. “When his dad brought him out, we knew he was a player we could work with. He was very athletic and seemed to improve every day.”
Leggett has come a long way since that first year. He became a standout at Navarre High School and was the starting tight end for the top-ranked Clemson Tigers in Monday night’s national championship game against Alabama. Leggett caught a touchdown pass in the Tigers’ 45-40 loss to the Crimson Tide.
Leggett made 2015 a breakout year, finishing as one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award for the top tight end in the nation. He wrapped up his junior campaign with 40 catches for 525yards and a team-best eight receiving touchdowns.
“A lot of work went into it from day one. I’m extremely proud of him,” said Greg, his father. “I felt like last year was going to be his breakout year, but for sure it was going to happen this year. Thank God it’s been a great season for him and the team.”
The Leggett family was in Arizona to cheer on Jordan and the Tigers. Jordan’s younger brother, Tommy, who recently wrapped up his senior season at Navarre, has enjoyed watching Jordan play this year.
“It’s awesome to see my big brother on a national stage. It’s something we all dream about when we’re playing football in the backyard,” Tommy said. “To see him live out that dream is great. I hope to be in the same situation someday.”
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