May 26, 2011

Mississippi quarterback looking at SEC West

Spring football ended for Jeremy Liggins last weekend.

The recruiting process is moving closer to a conclusion as well.

The quarterback from Oxford (Lafayette County), Miss., isn't ready to make his college choice, but he has narrowed his long list of suitors to four favorites.

Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama and LSU stand out well above the others for Liggins, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds but looks much taller and bigger and that, so much so that it's been widely speculated his college future is at tight end, linebacker or defensive line.

"They're pretty even right now," Liggins said of his top four, adding that he's not sure when he'll narrow the field further or make a commitment. "I really don't know yet. I'm back and forth. I'm just trying to do what's best for me."

Liggins, who led the Commodores to a state championship last season, said he plans to camp at all four schools this summer. All four programs, Liggins said, insist he'll play quarterback at their respective schools. Liggins said all four programs are using the same sales pitch, which, he admitted, makes it difficult to differentiate.

"What I think is going to set them apart is what fits me best," said Liggins, who plans to major in business management in college. "I like all of the coaches. They're nice and cool. That's just part of the recruiting process."

Liggins has high praise for both Alabama and Ole Miss, specifically, lending some credence to speculation that the Crimson Tide and the close-to-home Rebels are at the top of his list.

"Alabama has a real good college," Liggins said. "They have a real good graduation rate. I like Ole Miss' coaches. (Offensive line) Coach (Mike) Markuson is a real good dude. I just like them because they're the home-town team. I was rooting for them growing up."

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