By NEMCC Media Relations
Sixth-year head football coach Ricky Smither has landed two star recruits for 2013 with the signing of athlete Jeremy Liggins and quarterback Jerrod Randall.
Liggins (Lafayette) inked with Louisiana State University (LSU) out of Lafayette County High School, but ended up singing a national letter of intent with Gulf Coast Community College in June of 2012, but did not play for either school.
Liggins is a 6-3 270 pound athlete, who led Lafayette County to back-to-back 4A state championships in 2010 and 2011 and accounted for more than 2,500 yards of total offense and 34 touchdowns as a senior. He was No. 6 on the Mississippi Press Fantastic 15 list of the top football recruits in the state for 2012, and was No. 110 on the Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120.
“We are proud to have him here on campus and definitely excited about him becoming a Tiger,” Smither said. “He is a great character kid and we look for him to do great things for us this season.”
Smither stated that “Liggins was signed as an athlete and we plan on having him involved in all aspects of the game this year.”
Randall, a 6-2 180 pound quarterback, was one of the top quarterback prospects in the state of Florida after playing his high school football in Hollywood (Fla.) at Chaminade-Madonna.
Randall graduated in 2011 and was a consensus four-star recruit by all major recruiting services and was rated as the tenth ranked dual-threat quarterback and the 47th ranked player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com.
Randall was also tabbed as the 14th-ranked quarterback by Scout.com and number eight best QB by ESPN.com.
Randall helped lead Chaminade-Madonna High School to the state semifinals as a junior, passing for 1,700 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushing for 1,074 yards and 18 touchdowns. He picked up second team All-State honors and was named first team All-Broward County quarterback by the Miami Herald following his junior season. As a senior, threw for 1,571 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 531 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
Randall held scholarship offers from LSU, Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and others. He eventually signed a letter of intent with LSU. After spending the 2012 season as a red-shirt Randall decided to transfer and chose Northeast.
“I chose Northeast because of the coach,” Randall explained.
“Coach Smither was the only reason I didn’t go to another community college. I told my mother that whoever she recommends me signing with. that is what I will do and after she talked to Coach Smither for a long time on the phone, she told me that becoming a Tiger would be the best choice. I could have signed at other community colleges but I feel like this is the place for me and I can’t wait to get started.
“Coach Smither was honored to have Randall ink with his program and said, “Randall is a good kid and we are thankful that he chose Northeast to be his new home. He has a strong arm and can really run and I think he is going to really help our team this season.”