By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – As the final weekend before National Signing Day approaches, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hopes he’s able to add a local product who’s been getting a lot of attention – Lafayette County quarterback Jeremy Liggins.
Tuesday afternoon, in one of the sudden turns that recruiting sometimes takes, Freeze may have taken a step closer to doing just that.
Lafayette coach Anthony Hart said earlier Tuesday he believed Liggins would make a decision this weekend and choose between Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU.
The timing of the final decision may yet play out, but it looks like LSU is out of the mix, according to a report on the website Rebels247.
“I have scratched LSU,” Liggins told 247Sports. “I was thinking about it real hard (Monday) night. I called LSU today and told them they were out.”
Liggins did not return calls or texts for further clarification.
There had been internet speculation that Liggins’ weight – He’s listed at 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds – had been a cause of concern for LSU, which recently lost the verbal commitment of Gunner Kiel of Columbus, Ind., ranked the nation’s No. 1 QB prospect by Rivals.
Hart said he doesn’t get questions about Liggins’ weight from college recruiters.
“We won state champion-ships with him at the weight he is,” Hart said. “It’s their job to get him at the weight they want him.”
Two in hand
The Ole Miss class already includes commits from quarterbacks Bo Wallace, of East Mississippi Community College, and C.J. Beathard of Franklin, Tenn.
Wallace had a record-setting year in helping EMCC to the community college national championship. He spent a year in the Freeze system at Arkansas State before transferring when he didn’t win the starting job.
The Rebels also return three quarterbacks who started games in last year’s 2-10 campaign – rising seniors Randall Mackey and Zack Stoudt and rising junior Barry Brunetti.
Maurice Harris, the Rebels’ co-recruiting coordinator, said the new staff has been received well in the homes of prospects.
“We believe recruiting is going pretty good considering the timing with us coming in and everything,” Harris said. “The reception has been excellent. People have been very open and honest with us. I look for us to sign a pretty good class next week.”
Another coveted target, Long Beach linebacker Richie Brown is expected to visit with Freeze and Ole Miss coaches Friday. The Rebels’ staff will apparently have to make a big impact to sway Brown – ranked the No. 12 linebacker in the nation by Rivals – who has strong MSU leanings if recent MSU commit A.J. Jefferson is correct.
Jefferson, a defensive end from North Pike High School, wrote on Twitter that he and Brown had both committed to MSU. Brown later told several media outlets he had not yet offered a commitment.
Liggins and Brown are both rated four-star prospects by Rivals.