Thursday, January 31, 2013
Hinds pair looking to secure big-time future
By Gary Laney
If things had gone according to plan, wide receiver Quantavius Leslie would be at LSU already, attending school and preparing for spring practice.
It didn't work out that way for for the LSU commit, who did not complete the class work necessary to graduate from Hinds (Miss.) Community College at the end of the fall semester, a prerequisite of his enrolling at LSU per NCAA rules. So he's back at Hinds, having to take a tougher road to graduation than what he had in the fall.
"The Fall semester was the last one where our school offered the major he was taking," Hinds recruiting coordinator Lee Wilbanks said. "So when he didn't graduate, he had to change his major."
That added extra coursework is between Leslie and graduation, meaning he is further away from his associate's degree than he was at the start of the fall. He needs to pass 12 hours to graduate, Wilbanks said.
It's not all bad news. Wilbanks said the 6-foot-4 rising junior, who would give LSU a needed big receiver if he gets eligible, has seemed to turn the corner in terms of his academic work ethic.
"He's putting forth the effort we were trying to get him to put out in the fall," he said. "He's got tutors, he's working with them, all that. He's got a long way to go in this semester, but so far, he's working hard and it looks good."
Leslie isn't the only Hinds name that's slipped off the tongue of LSU recruiting followers lately. After a tweet from Leslie suggested teammate Dontrill Hyman could be a future LSU Tiger, he became a topic of discussion. The former East Carolina commit had discussed the possibility of visiting LSU, but the trip fell through, Wilbanks said.
Instead, Hyman will visit West Virginia this weekend and the Mountaineers can be considered his leader. Hyman was recruited to East Carolina out of high school by then-defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell, who helped get Hyman placed at Hinds when he failed to meet NCAA academic standards after committing to the Pirates.
Mitchell left ECU and is now cornerbacks coach at West Virginia, which is why Hyman might lean toward the Mountaineers.