MIAMI, Fla. - Miami (Fla.) South Miami opened the playoffs with a 37-21 victory over Miami (Fla.) Dr. Krop on Thursday evening. The victory marked the continuation of a special season for the Cobras, as they had won just three games in their previous three seasons.
"It is a big win," senior defensive back Amos Leggett said.
Leggett, who began his high school career at South Miami, returned to the school this summer after departing Homestead (Fla.) where he spent the spring. His high school career has also been marked by stops at Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington and Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep.
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Since he returned to the school where it all began four years ago, he has believed that the Cobras could advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in more than two decades.
"I always believe in myself and I always believe in my team no matter where I am at," Leggett said. "When you work hard, you get good results."
The 6-foot, 175-pound prospect had a big hand in the victory. He recorded a pair of interceptions, including one which he returned for a 50-yard touchdown, and also handled quarterback duties accumulating over 200 offensive yards and throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass.
That playmaking ability is why the Rivals250 prospect had so many suitors before deciding to join the hometown team.
"I am committed to Miami," Leggett said.
While he is committed to Al Golden and the Hurricanes, Leggett intends to use at least some of his official visits.
"I was just going to take a couple of visits, just because it is the opportunity," Leggett said. "I want to enjoy my recruiting process. But Miami is where I am going to be playing my college ball at."
The standout cornerback shared a few of the reasons why he feels he made the right choice with regards to his commitment and why he contends he is firm in that decision.
"I feel real comfortable," Leggett said of choosing Miami. "I don't really talk to the coaches as much. But I still know they are going to take my commitment. I am just going to work hard and do what I have to do to play college football there.
"If I work hard, I think I can come in and play early," Leggett added.
It doesn't hurt that the campus is right down the road in Coral Gables and that family can come watch him play his home games in Sun Life Stadium.
"Growing up from a little boy I have been liking the 'Canes, the whole atmosphere, and playing ball in Miami," Leggett said. "I have a son so I kind of want to stay close to home."
As for the possible sanctions that may be levied against the Hurricanes, Leggett says those won't faze him nor lead him to waver in his commitment.
"They don't really have anything to do with me," Leggett said. "Whether we go to a bowl game or not, as long as we are playing football, dominate, and we can go to the next level."
With regards to upcoming official visits, he shed some lights on where those may be to.
"I want to visit places I have never been before or I don't think I will ever be," Leggett said. "I haven't set anything up. I was supposed to go to Ohio State this weekend but something came up with the family. Schools like that I am pretty much going to visit.
"Ohio State, Florida State, Marshall - schools like that," Leggett added.
Alabama, LSU, and Nebraska are other possible visit destinations that have been mentioned in the past for Leggett.
Academically, he is not yet fully qualified.