SMU is Liggins favorite

Though he doesn't have any offers yet, John Tyler wide receiver Justice Liggins has been getting lots of love from a handful of programs, SMU being one of them. Right now, the Mustangs are Liggins favorite and he's high on their list, too.

SMU is No. 1 on Justice Liggins' list.

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound wide receiver out of John Tyler High School has been high on the Mustangs ever since taking in a game at Ford Stadium in the tenth grade. He was there to watch his buddy and John Tyler alum, SMU receiver Jeremy Johnson.

"I knew as soon as I stepped on the campus," Liggins said. "Then [after the game] we walked in the locker room to see how everything was and ever since, it's been my favorite school."

Liggins attended SMU's final spring practice Saturday with his teammates and fellow receivers Greg Ward and Darion Flowers. The three had been on campus a few weeks prior for junior.

"It was great," Liggins said of Saturday's practice. "We got to see how they run things, how the offense and defense look, see what practice is like every day and meet some more coaches that I didn't get to see [during junior day]."

Liggins chatted with his recruiter, defensive line coach Bert Hill, and also wide receivers coach Jason Phillips, head coach June Jones and strength coach Mel deLaura.

"[Coach Phillips] told me I'm high on their radar and they're really looking forward to watching us practice this Friday," Liggins said.

Liggins said Phillips will be at John Tyler's spring practice on Friday. The school's spring season began on Monday.

Other schools that have shown interest in Liggins are Houston, Memphis, UTSA, North Texas and Rice. Though he doesn't have any offers yet, Liggins did say UNT has been hinting that they may extend soon.

Despite the interest from other programs, Liggins sees himself fitting in at SMU.

"It's a great place to be," he said. "They throw the ball a lot and have nice coaches down there and everything. The thing about SMU is, wherever you go, there are coaches who talk to you, but SMU shows a lot of love. Every coach tries to get to know you. It's a place I could see myself."

Liggins, who says his strengths are his speed, catching the ball and blocking, said the main things he's looking for in a school are playing time, the type of offense the team runs and the coaches. He also wants a school that will give him the academic resources to become a physical therapist or football coach.

"If football doesn't work out, I want to stay in the game," he said.


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