The saga of 270-pound, Rivals three-star quarterback Jeremy Liggins continues, with the Mississippi Rebels now reportedly joining the LSU Tigers on the list of schools to have gained his commitment to play football. This may sound kind of familiar, but not.
Confirmed with Ole Miss sources that Jeremy Liggins has indeed committed to Ole Miss and is being recruited as an athlete.— Yancy Porter (@YancyPorter) October 15, 2012
Didn't this sort of thing just happen? Yes. Let's back up. Despite being considered at points both a Mississippi State lean and a future Rebel, on Jan. 30 of this year Liggins publicly committed to LSU over Ole Miss. He announced this decision in Oxford, home of the Rebels.
Liggins described the process as a "long-ass stressful process."
"I'm gonna get one place and gonna look one way," Liggins said. He did not clarify the statement. Liggins cited LSU's recent success and the ability to win SEC championships. "I'm used to winning," said Liggins.
Ole Miss is not used to winning. That commitment was followed by more strangeness:
Then, after that, it was revealed that he wasn't even academically eligible to enroll at LSU - or any SEC school, for that matter - and found himself signing up to play ball at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
All of that made him persona non grata in and about Oxford. Here he was, a hometown high school hero, having led Lafayette County to state championships as a stellar, big-bodied quarterback, spending his time about the town wearing Ole Miss gear and meeting with the Rebel coaches, only to commit to LSU, be denied academic eligibility, and wind up at MGCCC.
Oh, and then he left community college. That's right. He signed up, then left, and is now back in Oxford where he is, per reports, hanging out at the ongoing Ole Miss fall football practices.
Liggins opted to work on his academics at community college, but not his football, which would have required him to graduate before heading to the SEC. He's basically used community college as a community college, rather than as a college football eligibility preserve, and this might become a thing more players start to try.
Wherever Liggins eventually settles, he'll provide a very interesting offensive option because of his size, athleticism and ability to throw, even if he never works as a full-time quarterback. Hugh Freeze's offense is well-suited for such a weapon, and doggonit if the two haven't finally linked up.