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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2026 Florida ATH Zion Legree One To Watch

November 29, 2023

Zion Legree‍ may not own an eye-popping offer sheet at the moment, but knowledgeable sources in the industry are saying, just wait.

“He's a freak,” says Dwayne Carter, owner of the C3 Elite 7-on-7 program. 

Carter notes that the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Legree went to Auburn’s camp last summer and ran a 4.35 40-yard dash.

The 2026 Florida athlete has early offers from Western Michigan and Arkansas State with serious interest from schools like Auburn, LSU, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi State and others. 

Carter has worked with several elite prospects, including 2024 Notre Dame running back commit Aneyas Williams, 2024 quarterback Danny O’Neil, 2023 four-star receiver Raymond Cottrell and 2022 five-star linebacker Shemar James among many others.

“We've had a lot of four-star, five-star guys, he's the most five-star no-brainer that I've coached,” Carter says of Legree. 

“By this spring, I think every school in the country will have offered.”

Legree has had preliminary conversations with Notre Dame and it’s a school he has interest in. He also learned about the Irish’s annual Pot of Gold push on St. Patrick’s Day.

“They do things a certain at Notre Dame,” Carter says. “I think that part right there was kind of what sparked his interest. They do things the right way.”

Carter says Legree reminds him of Cottrell quite a bit.

“I remember watching Ray grow up, it was one of those things where Ray was learning he had a new superpower every single time he did something football-related,” Carter says. “Someone would overthrow a ball and Ray would catch the top of the ball coming over top and snagging it and everybody would be like, 'Huh? what was that?' 

“Those are the kind of things that Zion does. Every single time the ball's in the air, it's almost like he surprises himself, like, 'Oh wow! I did not know I could do that.'”

Legree figures to be a receiver at the next level, but certainly provides versatility. 

“The kid can play quarterback, receiver, safety corner, linebacker,” says Carter. “He's that kind of kid. He reminds me a lot of Deebo Samuel. You can use him like Deebo. You can let him take Wildcat snaps. There's a clip where he goes into the backfield and he takes the inside zone. The kid can do everything. He’s a sophomore and at 6-1, 195, he's already bigger than everybody else and faster.”

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