Memphis on top for Olive Branch LB/S

Leonard Pegues

Plenty of recruits look for a family environment when they're making a decision about where to attend school. Olive Branch (Miss.) linebacker/safety Leonard Pegues's case goes a step beyond that. If he ultimately decides for the University of Memphis, his cousin, teammate and U of M commit Wynton McManis will be right beside him.

Plenty of recruits look for a family environment when they're making a decision about where to attend school.

Olive Branch (Miss.) linebacker/safety Leonard Pegues's case goes a step beyond that. If he ultimately decides for the University of Memphis, his cousin, teammate and U of M commit Wynton McManis will be right beside him.

And the way things are shaping up, Pegues deciding for the Tigers isn't all that farfetched.

"I like Memphis," Pegues said. "They're my top school. I love Memphis."

Pegues, who has offers from Memphis, UAB, and Tennessee State, said he's not looking to choose a school until after the season. When it's time to make up his mind, however, the fact that his cousin is committed to the Tigers will carry significant weight.

"It's nice to have somebody that you know going to a school," Pegues said. "He's family, I grew up with him."

Last season, Pegues had 67 solo tackles and 20 assists for the Conquistadors, who fell to eventual state champion South Panola in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. Pegues also had one interception.

Pegues and McManis both attended the Tigers' 59-14 loss last week against No. 20 Mississippi State. Neither was disheartened.

"They played good," Pegues said. "It's just, everybody's young. That was it. They were playing a lot of older guys."

Pegues said he has a good relationship with Tigers defensive coordinator Jay Hopson as well as linebackers coach Galen Scott.

"Also, (Memphis) is real close and I like that," Pegues said. "I love the coaches. They seem like family. I like coach (Larry) Porter. Everybody's just cool."

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