BLOG — Darrius Liggins, one of Oxford High’s top defensive players in 2012, is headed to play at Mississippi State. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end was offered a scholarship from MSU coach Dan Mullen a week ago after a strong showing at camp. He accepted the offer to play for the Bulldogs earlier today.
OHS coach Johnny Hill said Liggins, who finished with 7.5 sacks his junior season, did a super job for him on defense alongside fellow end Xavier Pegues and nose guard Joel Forrester last year.
“His sophomore year, he just didn’t play real hard and didn’t practice real hard. But he has really busted his tail, gotten stronger in the weight room and put a lot more into it,” Hill said. “He was a key for us on defense last year. A lot of times they would run away from Xavier and he would bust when they came his way, and Joel got them in the middle. We were able to control the defensive line with those three up in there.”
Liggins attended Ole Miss Elite Camp June 7 but didn’t come away with an offer from the Rebels. He did perform well, according to 247 Sports’ Barton Simmons, who rated Liggins as the third-best performer. In his summary about Liggins, Simmons said he “was the quickest, most athletic edge-rusher, displaying reactive quickness and a good first step.”
Hill felt like Liggins was versatile enough to be a strong-side or weak-side defensive end at MSU. Hill also thought Liggins was going to have a strong senior season despite being the only returner up front.
“Every year you’ve got to improve and I feel certain he’s going to make that next jump up and be a dominant player,” Hill said. “He’s got the speed, he’s 6-4, he’s 240, long arms and when his motor is running, he’s as good as you will find.”
For some highlights of Liggins, check out the link below.
www.hudl.com/athlete/631161/highlights/38294521 (June 15, 2013)