LSU’s search for quarterbacks to add to the 2012 class has taken the staff outside of Louisiana, and one of their earliest targets was Oxford, Miss. native Jeremy Liggins – who is tabbed as the No. 12 quarterback prospect in the nation.
Liggins is drawing plenty of praise from college staffs, interest that was justified when he led Lafayette County to a 16-0 record last fall, a run that ended with a 4A State Championship.
Liggins was named First-Team All-State for his efforts, finishing his junior campaign with 1,661 passing yards, 1,186 yards rushing yards, and a combined 37 touchdowns.
While Liggins was once considered a prospect that also projected on the defensive side, the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder said that every school in the mix is after him as a quarterback.
“All the coaches tell me that I have proven myself as a dual-threat guy, so I am going to play quarterback at the next level,” Liggins said. “Nobody is really telling me anymore that they want me as an athlete.”
Every school in the Southeastern Conference except Florida and South Carolina has offered Liggins, and he has already taken in visits to the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss, the hometown school.
After a recent conversation with the LSU staff, Liggins will be in Baton Rouge in late May for one of the staff’s biggest recruiting weekends of the summer.
“I am going to be there for the Bayou Picnic,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that. It’ll be my first visit there, and I’ve been interested in them. After talking with them, I like LSU a lot.”
LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley, who recruits north Mississippi, has spearheaded the charge to get Liggins interested in the Tigers.
“I’ve been talking on the phone with coach Brick for a few months now,” Liggins said. “He’s a good guy. He told me that he wants to come up here during spring ball. We start May 6, and he said it wouldn’t be long after that. Right now they seem pretty interested. I know they won't have a lot of quarterbacks by the time I graduate, and they say I'm someone that they could use.”
Though he has offers in from nearly everyone on his interest list, Liggins isn’t ready to slow down and make a decision. As of now, he is only focused on one conference.
“I want to be in the SEC,” he said. “I’m looking at all the schools in that conference. I’m familiar with it and I know it’s big time football. I just like it.”