Apparently, Jeremy Liggins is hedging his bets for this fall.
The lone quarterback signed by LSU in its 2012 recruiting class, Liggins has signed to play this fall with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
However, Liggins could still qualify to play at LSU.
“Nothing is decided yet,” LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said. “He’s taking a class there (at Mississippi Gulf Coast), but there’s nothing preventing him from coming to school here (at LSU) in August.”
The Biloxi Sun-Herald quoted Liggins’ high school coach, Anthony Hart of Lafayette County High in Oxford, Miss., as saying that Liggins took the ACT last week and is awaiting his test scores. Hart told the paper that Liggins met with MGCCC coach Steven Campbell last Tuesday and signed with the school.
“If he doesn’t qualify, Gulf Coast is a great option,” Hart said. “It was a family decision. Gulf Coast has a great plan academically.’’
Campbell told The Sun-Herald that Liggins will enroll at MGCCC for second-term summer school. Multiple attempts to reach Campbell for comment Monday were unsuccessful.
MGCCC’s main campus is in Perkinston, Miss., just north of Gulfport.
Liggins (6-foot-3, 270 pounds) led Lafayette County to back-to-back Class 4A state championships and 32 straight wins to finish his career. Though hardly a prototypical quarterback in terms of size, Liggins ranked No. 93 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 and No. 118 on the ESPNU 150.
If Liggins can’t enroll at LSU this fall it would leave the Tigers with just three scholarship quarterbacks: junior Zach Mettenberger and redshirt freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall.
LSU has two quarterback commitments for 2013: Hayden Rettig (6-4, 222) of Los Angeles Cathedral and Anthony Jennings (6-2, 205) of Marrietta, Ga.
Miles in ESPN ‘car wash’
LSU coach Les Miles headed to Bristol, Conn., on Monday in advance of a day of appearances on a variety of ESPN networks.
At the Worldwide Leader in Sports, it’s known as going through the “car wash.”
Here’s a look at Miles’ schedule of appearances (all CDT):
- 9:40 a.m.: SportsCenter.
- 10 a.m.: ESPNU college football podcast with Ivan Maisel.
- 10:20 a.m.: Digital Media (College Football app).
- 10:45 a.m.: The Herd with Colin Cowherd (ESPN Radio).
- 11 a.m.: Playbook.
- 12:15 p.m.: Scott Van Pelt Show (ESPN Radio).
- 1 p.m.: College Football Live (taped segment).
- 1:30 p.m.: SportsNation (taped segment).
- 2 p.m.: ESPN.com chat.
- 2:20 p.m.: Doug Gottlieb show (ESPN Radio, taped).
- 2:40 p.m.: SportsCenter.
Some find any type of championship rings gaudy, but apparently photos of LSU’s 2011 Southeastern Conference championship rings that recently surfaced on the Internet were especially unappealing to CBSSports.com college football blogger Jerry Hinnen.
Hinnen recently ran a post that included photos of a ring belonging to LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins. The rings on one side include the wording “#2 NATIONALLY … 13 WINS” in reference to LSU’s finish in the final polls and 13-1 record after losing to Alabama in the BCS national championship game.
It’s the “#2 NATIONALLY” part that turns off Hinnen.
“Our initial reaction? That’s one detail about the 2011 LSU season the ring designers would have been better off omitting,” Hinnen wrote.