Patrick Ligon was Kentucky's second prospect from Memphis to commit in the 2009 class (Martavius Neloms was the first) and while there were many questions about Ligon's commitment to the Cats, his coach says there's no question that he can be a contributor in Lexington. "He can fit into a lot of positions at the next level and fits the needs of the team," said Locastro.
Ligon is indeed a versatile prospect. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder projects to a number of different positions. "He's a big physical guy. He doesn't look 260 and he can carry more weight," said Locastro. "I don't know if UK wants him at defensive end or defensive tackle. He's pretty versatile. It depends on needs. He could end up a good offensive lineman," finished Locastro.
What side of the ball Ligon ends up on hinges on several factors. "He has to work on his straight line speed to be a defensive end. He'll have to work on his ability to change directions," said Locastro. "If he's inside, he needs to add weight. His strength is probably in the top 80% of guys signing on the d-1 level," he continued.
Ligon was previously committed to his father's alma mater, the Memphis Tigers. However Ligon had a change of heart due to an opportunity that Memphis couldn't offer. "I think it was the fact (Kentucky) is going to let him play on the defensive side of the ball first. If he got moved to offense, he would give it his best. He just wanted a shot at defense first," said Locastro.
Ligon liked other things about Kentucky as well. "The opportunity to play in the SEC was a big factor as well," said Locastro. "We've got a lot of respect for UK, especially how they handled the Chris Mosby (former UK recruit who was killed in a car accident). Four coaches came down for his funeral. They presented his family with a game jersey. Things like that endeared UK to the Christian Brothers family," said Locastro.
Ligon was a stat sheet stuffer for Christian Brothers last season, gathering 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss (91 yards), 8 sacks, 8 hurries and 3 fumble recoveries.