Recruiting: Tennessee DL lists OU

Injured Germantown, Tenn. defensive lineman still getting attention from national powers

Defensive lineman
Height: 6'5
Weight: 255
Forty: 4.7
Hometown: Germantown, Tenn.
High School: Christian Brothers HS

Ligon is a high profile defensive lineman that is considered on the best in the country. However, this 3-year starter has already suffered some bad luck this season as he broke his right fibula in the second game of the season and is now out for the season.

"I was rushing the quarterback and I was jumping up trying to bat down the pass. I got up pretty high and when I came down one of my own teammates landed on my leg, snapping the small bone in my fibula. The injury is healing very fast. I have had a cast two weeks and it is healing very well. I had surgery the day after the injury and they inserted two pins into the bone. That is helping the injury heal very well. I have to go in and take the pins out in two weeks. I could come back and play later this season, but my coaches don't want me to risk it."

Last season Ligon finished with 70 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, forced three pressures and had 12 quarterback pressures. During the summer Ligon lost from 20 pounds and is now down to 255. Ligon says he dropped his body fat three percent this summer and was running some 4.6 forty times in the forty. Ligon can bench 370 pounds and he has a 33-inch vertical jump. The injury hasn't kept Ligon from drawing heavy recruiting attention.

"Right now all the schools that have shown an interest are still interested," said Ligon. "Right now I am really liking Tennessee, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, Memphis and Clemson. I am going to take this list and come up with a top five in a week or two. I don't have a favorite at this time. Oklahoma is a school that has come in recently. I have been talking to Coach (Bobby Jack) Wright and he and the rest of the coaching staff have been very nice to me. I like them and I really can't pinpoint why. There is just something about Oklahoma that I really like. I have been reading up on them and now I think they might be a real good fit for me."

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