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Smith nabs verbal from Fla. lineman

February 1, 2006

A week after securing one of the top cornerbacks in Florida, the MSU football team again reached into the talent-rich state to land another recruit before today's National Signing Day.

Abre Leggins, a three-star lineman from Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Fla., verbally committed to MSU on Monday. At 6-foot-3 and 278 pounds, Leggins can play on both the offensive and defensive lines.

"He's probably going to play defense at Michigan State because of his athletic ability and because he can run well," said Mike Bakas, Florida's recruiting analyst for Scout.com. "He's a top-100 kid on either side of the ball."

Leggins, ranked as the No. 70 Florida prospect by Rivals.com, also received offers from Mississippi, North Carolina State and Memphis. Bakas believes he wasn't a highly touted recruit in part because of his high school team's lack of success.

"He played at a school this year that didn't do well, and unfortunately when teams don't do well their kids tend to get, not ignored, but overlooked a little more so than other people," Bakas said about Leggins, who he calls "one of the top five prospects coming out of the Orlando area."

In his senior season, Leggins registered 40 tackles and six sacks while moving around and playing several positions, including defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive guard and tight end. Bakas said playing multiple positions could hinder Leggins from coming in right away and contributing on the field.

"He's not going to make a big impact right away, it's going to take him a few years," he said. "He's not really ready to play yet because he's not been set in a position."

Bakas also said Leggins needs some time in the weight room to get bigger and become an impact player.

The Spartans now have 25 players that have either already signed a letter of intent or have verbally committed to be a part of the 2006 recruiting class. Today is National Signing Day, the first day high school recruits can sign an official letter of intent to commit to a college or university.

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