- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
The purpose of Quantavius Leslie's commitment to LSU back in May seemed obvious from the beginning.
The Tigers lack a true deep threat in the wake of Rueben Randle's departure last winter, and they're a bit undersized. LSU's top three receivers this year -- Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Kadron Boone -- stand at 6-foot, 6-foot-1 and 6-foot, respectively.
Leslie has the potential to change that with his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame and breakaway speed. But to this point in his second season at Hinds Community College, Leslie is having to cope with a different playing style from the home run play he's used to.
"Basically, this year I'm getting a bunch of short stuff, because I'm getting double teamed on the deep ball," Leslie said. "So I'm working on finding those short balls and taking them for long distance."
Leslie burst onto the scene last year at Hinds and finished the season with 528 yards and 10 touchdowns -- many coming on long gains. Because of that production, he said he knew he'd have to adjust to opposing defenses this season.
"I knew coming into the season the deep ball wouldn't be there because of the impact I had going from last season," he said. "So I just have to keep improving. I think it's going good. I think I've got like 300 yards and four touchdowns."
If there's been a dropoff in big plays, it certainly hasn't affected Leslie's recruitment. He's been a Tiger commit since May, but Leslie said he just recently received a scholarship offer from Texas, and he thinks he might receive one from Auburn soon. On top of that Leslie said he continues to hear from Ole Miss, located just up the road.
All that aside, Leslie said nothing has changed regarding the firmness of his commitment to LSU, and he's hoping to spend some time in Baton Rouge during the next month.
"Everything is still the same. I'm going down Nov. 3 for my official visit, and I'm trying to set up an unofficial visit for the South Carolina game," he said. "I'm just trying to look at the offense a little bit more and get to know the coaches and players a little bit."
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