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North running back Leggett commits to Georgia Tech football

North Gwinnett’s C.J. Leggett (7) carries the ball past Peachtree Ridge’s Aaron Harris (44) earlier this season. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

North Gwinnett’s C.J. Leggett (7) carries the ball past Peachtree Ridge’s Aaron Harris (44) earlier this season. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

C.J. Leggett hopes his heavy load of carries during the North Gwinnett football team’s run to the state finals continues with his run-heavy college choice.

North head coach Bob Sphire confirmed that Leggett committed Friday to Georgia Tech, which can use the 5-foot-10, 215-pound senior at both A back (the wingback) or B back (the feature fullback position) in head coach Paul Johnson’s offense. Tech rushed for 311.7 yards per game this season, compared to 129 per game passing.

Leggett, who played through a nagging turf toe injury this season, led Gwinnett running backs in carries (280) and rushing yards (1,734). He rushed for 23 touchdowns and picked up a large chunk of his carries and yards in the postseason, powering the Bulldogs to a Class AAAAAA state runner-up finish. He also caught 23 passes for 260 yards.

He transferred from Chattahoochee prior to his senior season. He rushed for 500 yards and eight TDs there as a junior after rushing for 427 yards and five scores as a sophomore. He was used more heavily in North’s offense, and should fit in well with the Yellow Jackets because of his outside speed and power to run inside.

Tech and UCLA were Leggett’s two favorite schools, with the Yellow Jackets climbing quickly after extending a recent offer.