Today, via his Twitter account, UTEP wide receiver Jordan Leslie made it official that he would be transferring and will be playing out his final year of eligibility outside of the Sun City.
I owe so much to UTEP and I've enjoyed my four years here. In my time here I have met some amazing… http://t.co/CgOys7qEv5— Jordan Leslie (@Jles9) February 2, 2014
Although the tweet didn't directly give the message that he is transferring, it does make things pretty clear. UTEP's spanish play by play announcer Harry Ruiz also confirmed that Leslie would be leaving, in a tweet that was retweeted by Jordan himself.
- @Jles9 makes it official, he's transferring from UTEP for his senior season. Great student & player, even better person. Good luck Jordan!— Harry Ruiz (@harryruiz) February 2, 2014
Jordan Leslie leaves UTEP after leading the team in both receptions and receiving yards the last two years. During his three years on the field he racked up 125 receptions, 2,015 yards, and 15 touchdowns.
His numbers peaked during his sophomore campaign where he caught 51 balls for 973 yards and 6 scores in former coach Mike Price's final year at the helm. In 2013, his first year with Sean Kugler, those numbers dipped to 44 catches for just 612 yards, although he did have 7 touchdowns.
Leslie entered the 2013 season as a Biletnikoff Award watch list player. That award, of course, is given to the nation's top receiver. However, he just never got going in Kugler's scheme, and was clearly unhappy towards the end of the season.
The news of Leslie's potential departure first hit earlier this week when it was learned that he would be taking a visit to BYU. While the university, of course, is still yet to make any official announcement, the timing of it all would suggest that he is headed to play for the Cougars.
Jordan Leslie will have one year of eligibility remaining, and while it is not confirmed, it is believed that he will have his degree upon transferring, meaning that he will be able to leave the school without having to sit out for the one year period the NCAA normally requires.
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