Liggins in Demand

Scout.com
Posted Jan 16, 2012


As a sophomore Jeremy Liggins led the Commodores of Lafayette to the 4A state title game. That day belonged to Dylan Favre and St. Stanislaus, but it was clear that Liggins was well on his way to being a highly recruited prospect. As a junior, Liggins and Lafayette became the first school in Mississippi High School football history to win 16 games in a season. They matched that feat again in 2011.

It is clear Jeremy Liggins knows a thing or two about winning. Since that cold December day in 2009 when Lafayette fell to St. Stanislaus in the 4A state title game, Liggins has not lost a game.

Lafayette Head football Coach Anthony Hart believes Liggins is the best football player in the state of Mississippi.

While the talented quarterback came up short when it came to individual awards, Liggins holds the distinction of being the only big time prospect left on the in state board with back-to-back undefeated state championship seasons.

After the summer camp sessions and 7-on-7 tournaments, many observers elected to tab Liggins as an athlete who should expect to see a position change on the college level.

The All-State selection has stated previously that he would consider such a move in the right situation, but in his heart he wanted to play quarterback.

With a trio of official visits under his belt and two more coming up, the picture is beginning to come into focus for Liggins.

This summer it looked like LSU had the momentum in the race for Liggins' signing day autograph.

The talented signal caller camped at LSU for several days and was put through the paces by Tiger quarterbacks' coach Steve Kragthorpe.

There was talk shortly after that camping trip, that Liggins might actually be a private commitment to Coach Les Miles and the Tigers.

With the addition of the nation's top quarterback prospect, Gunner Kiel, to the Tigers' 2012 signing class, it appears Liggins will be casting his lot elsewhere if he is serious about playing quarterback.

Ole Miss appeared to be the team to beat as the 2011 season rolled along, but a coaching change set the Rebels back a bit on the recruiting trail.

Coach Hugh Freeze and his staff hosted Liggins earlier this month on an official visit in hopes of fostering a relationship.

With three quarterbacks scheduled to ink with the Rebels as part of the 2012 signing class (Bo Wallace, C.J. Beathard and Maikhail Miller), it will be interesting to see if Liggins is part of the quarterback race or if he would make the move to another position should be elect to stay in Oxford.

It is clear that the Rebels have the home field advantage in this recruitment.

This past weekend, Liggins took an official visit to Mississippi State to see what the Bulldogs had to offer.

Liggins reports that he spent time with Head coach Dan Mullen and Quarterbacks' coach Les Koenning watching film of the Bulldog offense and that the staff there sees him as a quarterback in their system.

Some other quarterbacks have resurfaced on the recruiting radar late in the process, Nick Schuessler and Steven Bench, but neither have an offer from Mississippi State.

Liggins does and it may be a situation in Starkville where it is Liggins or bust. The Oxford native was told over the weekend that he is the top name on the board at quarterback.

Alabama and LSU are scheduled to host Liggins over the course of the next two weeks before a decision is announced on January 30th at a local press conference.

As things stand now, it appears Liggins' recruitment may boil down to another head-to-head in state battle between Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

The heated rivals go at it 365 days a year, so just about every set of eyes in the Magnolia State will be on Liggins when he elects to make his college decision later this month.

With Coach Hugh Freeze and his new staff at Ole Miss trying to make a splash on the recruiting trail and Coach Dan Mullen and his staff trying to steal one out of the Rebs' backyard, this could be one for the ages.

Everybody loves a winner and Jeremy Liggins has the hardware and talent to prove he is worthy of everything that is coming his way.



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