EAST LANSING - Michigan State has a pair of talented backs that they can stash away for the future. Barrington's (IL) Andre Anderson and Muskegon's (MI) Ashton Leggett are the kind of physical backs who can carry the freight in a smash-mouth attack.
Some believe that Leggett was the real star of Muskegon's Big Red offense that went on to win the State championship.
Leggett, 5-foot-11, 225-projects as a true Mike Alstott type of fullback who can carry the freight and lay down a block too. He amassed an incredible 1736 yards and 31 touchdowns in carrying Muskegon to a 14-0 mark and was named to the Detroit News Dream Team.
"I just felt comfortable with everybody and I liked what they had to offer," said Leggett.
Meanwhile, his future running mate could be Anderson. Despite being a little small at 5-foot-8, 186, his 4.4-40 speed more than make up for it.
"Andre is small but he's a work-horse," said Barrington assistant coach Todd Kulkinski. "In back-to-back play-off games as a junior, he carried the ball 41 times and 32 the very next game."
With the returning senior Jehuu Caulcrick, redshirt sophomore A.J. Jimmerson and star junior Jevon Ringer all returning, the pair could be red-shirted giving MSU depth and talent for the future.