November 30, 2011

Alabama stays on Liggins down the stretch

With 20 recruits already committed, the University of Alabama is close to completing its 2012 recruiting class, but Oxford, Miss., quarterback Jeremy Liggins remains on the Crimson Tide's wish list.

UA assistant coach Jeff Stoutland traveled to Mississippi on Monday to meet with Liggins and let him know that Alabama was still interested. However, he also warned the dual-threat star that space was limited in their class.

"We were just talking about recruiting," Liggins said. "Coach Stoutland and I have a pretty good relationship, so it was more like we were just having fun.

"They're talking to me about committing. They still want me to take my time and don't want to rush me, but he did tell me that they have a limited number of scholarships."

Liggins has always played quarterback at Lafayette High School, but at 6-foot-3, 270 pounds, he has the size to play multiple positions on either side of the ball. Still, Alabama intends to give him a shot at quarterback when he gets to Tuscaloosa.

"Coach Stoutland just said he would give me every opportunity to play quarterback up there if that's what I want to do," Liggins said.

Over the weekend, Liggins visited Auburn and got a chance to watch the Crimson Tide's 42-14 victory in person. The Rivals.com three-star has added the Tigers to a list that already included Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Earlier this month, he visited Tuscaloosa to watch two of his favorites, Alabama and LSU, battle at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the biggest game of the year to date.

"It was crazy," Liggins said. "That's a great football environment to be around. It was a great game, a great battle all the way until the clock hit zero. With it being such a low-scoring game, that's how you know it's a good game with two good teams playing in it."

Liggins plans to take official visits to both Alabama and LSU in January. Those are his only official visits scheduled at this point.

A native of Oxford, Miss., Liggins lives just outside the campus of Ole Miss, but the Rebels have taken a minor hit with the recent firing of head coach Houston Nutt and his staff.

"It kind of bothered me a little bit because I had a good relationship with Coach Nutt and his staff, but we're just going to have to see who takes over," Liggins said. "They've named a lot of good names, coaches that could come in and turn that program around."

Liggins has no set date planned to make a decision. He could wait until Ole Miss hires its new coach. He could wait until after his official visits in January, or he could make a decision tomorrow.

"I'm going to make a decision when I'm ready," Liggins said. "I've got no set time for when I'll make a decision. I could make a decision tomorrow. It just depends when I want to."

On Friday, the Magnolia State star leads Lafayette High School into the Mississippi Class 4A state championship game for the third year in a row. The Commodores are currently riding a 31-game win streak and looking to win back-to-back state titles.

As a senior, Liggins has thrown for 1,750 yards and 15 touchdowns and also rushed for 930 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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