The South Carolina football program has seen just two players put up 1200 or more yards receiving in a single season. The first was in 2010 when Alshon Jeffery put up a massive 1517-yardage total when the Gamecocks won the SEC East. The second was Xavier Legette this past fall.
After four underwhelming seasons in garnet and black that were marred by injuries and inconsistent hands, Legette took advantage of the "Covid redshirt" to return for the 2023 season, and he exploded into the NFL Draft conversation with his 1255-yard performance.
Standing almost 6'3" and weighing over 225 pounds, Legette is also one of the fastest players in this year's NFL Draft. As of the halfway point of the college football season, he was clocked as the fastest in-game ball-carrier in football, beating every other player in both college football and the NFL with a lightning-fast run-after-catch against Mississippi State.
The 2024 NFL Draft is one of the most loaded wide receiver drafts in the history of the game, but Legette is still in the discussion as a 1st round pick.
ESPN's Matt Miller believes Xavier Legette is a 1st round player, projecting him to go to the Jaguars at pick 25 in his December mock draft (as the season ended, the Jags now have pick 17; the Green Bay Packers are now at 25).
CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso has mocked the South Carolina football star to the San Francisco 49ers with the 31st pick in the draft, one the '9ers will hold if they beat the Lions in the NFC Championship Game but lose in the Super Bowl.
PFF (Pro Football Focus) had Legette going 25th to the Kansas City Chiefs back in December. The Chiefs now will have a pick from 29-32 instead.