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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lafayette’s Liggins takes official vist to Ole Miss

Ole Miss’ goal of signing a couple of quarterbacks for the class of 2012 continued to take shape over the weekend, both for the good and not so good.

Lafayette High standout Jeremy Liggins (6-foot-4, 270-pounds) was on campus to visit officially. This year’s EAGLE Player of the Year said he enjoyed his visit, his first in the process that will continue the rest of the month, with first-year head coach Hugh Freeze and his assistants.

Liggins, who accounted for 39 touchdowns as a senior and 114 during his three-year varsity career, said he likes the spread offense that Freeze will employ at Ole Miss. Liggins said it gives him the flexibility to both run and pass like he was used to doing for the Commodores.

“It’s a mixture. There is an option to run which is a good thing,” Liggins said about the offense. “I really like their coaching staff. It was my first chance to meet them all and they were all nice.”

There wasn’t a lot of new things Liggins saw from his visit simply because he is so familiar with the Ole Miss program and campus.

Liggins attended several of last year’s spring practice sessions under former coach Houston Nutt and he was a routine spectator at Ole Miss games this past fall.

Liggins did get a more personal look at Ole Miss’ academic facilities over the weekend and was also able to bond with center A.J. Hawkins, his visit host, and a few other players.

Alford picks USM
While Liggins was visiting Ole Miss, Petal quarterback Anthony Alford (6-1, 205) was playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Alford, who started for the West team in the contest, made his college choice during the second half of the game and ultimately made a verbal commitment to Southern Miss.

Freeze made an in-home visit with Alford, this year’s Gatorade Player of the Year in the state, prior to him traveling to San Antonio, but the meeting wasn’t enough to sway the dual-threat standout from pledging to the Golden Eagles, who need to replace starter Austin Davis on the depth chart at QB.

Alford is also a standout baseball player and is expected to be drafted in June’s MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Wallace to decide
Alford may be out of the mix for Ole Miss, but the Rebels may still be able to garner a commitment from another top signal caller later this week in East Mississippi’s Bo Wallace (6-5, 215). Wallace, who led the Lions to the NJCAA national title this year, is set to make a final choice Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Wallace was recently offered by the Rebels and has been showered with attention by the likes of Mississippi State, Baylor and Texas, who also recently offered.

Wallace, who started his college career at Arkansas State, threw for 4,475 yards and 53 touchdowns this past fall and was named to the first-team NJCAA All-American team.

Wallace has three years to play at the D-1 level. (January 9, 2012, Page 6)

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