Lake Orion HS, Lake Orion, MI
6'0, 200 lbs
(Photo Credit: Jarrad Henderson/DFP via USA Today)
The state of Michigan has proven to be a rich vein of talent for Lehigh recently, in both men's basketball and football.
Sophomore G Austin Price, who has been a key contributor in Lehigh's current three-game winning streak came from Detroit County Day school.
A certain recent record-breaking Lehigh quarterback, QB Chris Lum, came out of Lake Orion High school and only led Lehigh to two consecutive FCS Playoff appearance - and FCS playoff wins.
This year, Lehigh taps Lake Orion again to recruit a promising back that has shown his skill in catching the ball out of the backfield.
Lake Orion is a power program in Michigan that had a good season, finishing 7-2 and beating one of their rivals 35-30, thanks to Leigh's heroics.
Lake Orion senior RB Chris Leigh got in on the speed show as well. With Lake Orion leading 28-23 but backed up on its own 17 for a third and 13 with just over four minutes to play in the game, Leigh took a dump pass from QB Connor Grant and bolted 50 yards up field, breaking a handful of tackles along the way as well. Just under two minutes later, Leigh capped the drive with a nine yard touchdown run to give Lake Orion a commanding 35-23 lead with just 2:27 to play.
"(Leigh) is phenomenal," Lake Orion coach Chris Bell said. "Chris has been through the battles, he's been through the wars. Game One comes down to seniors making plays and leading their team. From Corey Ester to Connor Grant to Chris Leigh, Nick Sally up front - those guys did a great job.
Leigh finished with 70 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns on just six carries while totaling 64 yards receiving. On Friday night, Leigh had a 24-yard sprint to the end zone in the second quarter.
"We have a lot of fast guys that can break loose," Leigh said. "When we block on the perimeter and get the edge of the perimeter - last year we didn't, but this year we did. We can break loose and that's out main thing."Though Lake Orion's season ended in a bit of disappointment, losing to eventual OAA Red Title champions Clarkston, they still made the playoffs Chris' senior season. He also made the Detroit Free Press All-North team for his efforts.
Recently, he was listed as committed to Lehigh in the local paper, and if Lehigh's last recruit from Lake Orion is any indication, Lehigh will be excited about Leigh.