Jimmy Legree will get another chance to beat the odds. After becoming a multiyear starter for a successful SEC program despite being lightly recruited out of high school, Legree now has an opportunity to make his NFL dreams come true with the Seattle Seahawks, who have signed him to a free agent contract.
South Carolina was Legree's only major offer coming out of Beaufort High in 2009. However, after a couple of years of seasoning, Legree made a name for himself with an excellent performance as a cornerback during spring camp in 2011. He then earned a starting spot at safety in fall camp of that year, only to lose that spot following uneven play early in the season. Legree moved back to corner heading into his junior 2012 season, when Akeem Auguste's inability to stay healthy for most of the season gave him a chance for more playing time. Legree stuck this time, notching a number of impressive performances, including a notably strong game in a big win over Georgia. Legree would start all 13 games in the 2013 season, which was highlighted by game-changing interceptions against Vanderbilt and Florida.
As an NFL prospect, Legree presents good measurables with a long frame and solid speed. He also shows good instincts in coverage and has good ball skills. However, he will need to work on his footwork, which often causes his to be a step slow when he breaks on the ball or attempts to shift gears in coverage.