May 28, 2009

New Orleans DT picks up second SEC offer

Give Harold Legania credit.

He skips all of that politically correct rhetoric when he talks about his recruiting.

Legania, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive tackle from New Orleans (Edna Carr), La., wants to play for LSU at the next level. However, if the Tigers don't offer, he's more than willing to step into Tiger Stadium one day as an opponent.

"I want to go to LSU," Legania said. "That's my number one school but they haven't offered me yet. I'm trying to move on, though. I'm open to anybody."

The LSU offer may or may not come. The chance to play against the Tigers, however, is already in-hand -- twice. Legania, who already had an offer from Mississippi State from earlier in the spring, picked up an offer from Ole Miss last week.

"It was excited," Legania said. "It's the SEC. I was real excited."

Legania also has offers from Southern Mississippi, Florida International and McNeese (La.) State. Tennessee, Legania said, is hinting that an offer is forthcoming.

I'm still going through the process, but if I had a top three it would be Ole Miss, Mississippi State and FIU," Legania said.

Like so many other prospects, Legania has a busy summer planned. In two weeks, he'll head to Florida International. Prior to that, he'll spend a day in Starkville. After he gets back from FIU, he'll make the trip to Hattiesburg for a day with the Golden Eagles. He's also planning trips to Tulsa and Michigan for camps and the tentative plan calls for Legania to check out Ole Miss in July.

The Rebels, like the other schools competing for Legania's signature, are recruiting him as a defensive tackle, despite Legania's belief he could play defensive end at the college level.

"They all say I'm a defensive tackle," Legania said. "I feel like I can play both. Everyone says I'm a gap-filler."

Legania said he recorded 50 tackles, 15 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass break-up as a junior. He expects those numbers to increase as a junior after a summer full of ironing out some technical flaws.

"I have to learn how to fight the double-team," Legania said. "I'm getting better at it now. I'm good at using my hands, getting off the blocks and making tackles. I read plays well. I just have to get better with double-teams."

Legania has a 2.6 core grade-point average and a 17 on the ACT. He's teammates with another Ole Miss target, four-star quarterback Munchie Legaux, who is also planning a trip to Oxford this summer.

"We're close," Legania said. "We're teammates. We have a good relationship on and off the field."

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