An All-State cornerback for Dan Ragle’s Ware County Gators, Leodis McKelvin moved on to successful college and pro careers.
Coming into his own for his final two seasons at Ware, he earned a scholarship to Troy where he flourished. He was then drafted by the Buffalo Bills 11th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft and has steadily built an admiral pro resume.
With 115 tackles and 12 interceptions in 2002-03 combined at Ware, McKelvin was All-State and was chosen to the Times-Union Super 11 team.
At Troy as a true freshman, he established himself as a great kick returner and by his sophomore year he earned first team All-Sun Belt Conference honors as a return specialist. As a junior and senior, he was a dominating cover corner, making All-Sun Belt as a position player.
As a Bills rookie, he made an immediate splash. McKelvin returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a preseason game against the Steelers. The following game, on Monday Night Football, he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score. The next week on Sunday in Kansas City, he intercepted two passes, returning one for a 64-yard TD as the Bills won 54-31.
Now, seven years a pro, Leodis has impressive career stats: 285 tackles and 11 picks. His 2014 season had “All-Pro” written all over it… before it was cut short by injury. In just ve games he had four pass thefts and 48 tackles. He is looking forward to returning in 2015.
Leodis conducts an annual football camp for young boys at Ware County High School.