May 17, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Laguna Hills football star Mitch Leigber getting lots of attention; offered by Colorado State

Mitch Leigber is getting lots of attention from college coaches (Photo courtesy Laguna Hills football).

Mitch Leigber, a running back/wide receiver and strong safety for Laguna Hills football team, is getting plenty of attention from NCAA Division 1 coaches, according to Hawks’ coach Mike Maceranka.

Colorado State is the first to offer him a scholarship, Maceranka said.

“As a sophomore he was able to showcase all his skills and put it on video and that’s what the college recruiters see,” Maceranka said.

“We had USC, Utah, Fresno State and San Diego State all on campus the past two days and all love him. He just has to keep improving and working hard, He told me Colorado State is the first to offer him a scholarship and that means a lot to him, he will always hold them in high regard throughout this process.”

The 6-1, 196-pound Leigber played wide receiver, strong safety and running back and and was also a kick/punt returner last season and is expected to make big contributions his junior year.

“He led our team in rushing (five games at RB), receiving (five games at WR), and scoring. On the defensive side he was tied for the lead in tackles and returned all kicks and punts for the team.

“He is a 4.0 student and one of the hardest workers on the team. He was one of eight sophomores who started games for us last season and as a unit they are changing the culture of our program. As freshmen they went 9-1 and won the league, our juniors went 9-1 as sophomores on JV and won the league.”

Maceranka said he’s optimistic about the season.

“We are looking forward to the whole group getting on the field this season as upperclassmen,” he said. “We have 13 players on my recruit list for college coaches. Nine of 13 have a 4.0 or high, 12 of 13 have a 3.5 or higher. This is an unbelievable group of young men who work hard in the classroom and on the field.”

Maceranka said that Leigber can commit at any time, but that usually happens in a player’s senior year.

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