Liggins Keeping Eye on MSU, Ole Miss QB Situations
by bradlocke
 Inside Mississippi State Sports
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QB Jeremy Liggins led Lafayette to two straight state titles. (Photo by C. Todd Sherman)

Now that junior college quarterback Bo Wallace is off the board, Mississippi State must look elsewhere to find a third scholarship quarterback. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today that the Bulldogs are looking at a kid named Nick Schuessler, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.

Here's his Rivals.com bio, and if you look below the AJC story, there's some film on Schuessler.

Schuessler tells the AJC that MSU has him as the No. 1 QB on its recruiting board, but the coaches went after Wallace because of his experience. So, that's interesting, especially when you consider Lafayette's Jeremy Liggins is still on the market.

Liggins (6-4, 270) led the Commodores to two consecutive Class 4A state championships, finishing 16-0 both seasons. This past season, he completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 1,678 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 953 yards and 18 TDs, and was named to the Daily Journal All-Area team.

I caught up with Liggins this afternoon, and he isn't tipping his hand on where he's leaning. He is still looking at five schools: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, MSU and Ole Miss. (Liggins gets a three-star rating from both Rivals and Scout.)

"I don't have a favorite out of that five right now," said Liggins, who added that he'll announce his choice Jan. 31 - the day before national signing day.

Ole Miss and State both have intriguing QB situations. The Rebels, with Wallace, have a full stable of them, although the three that played this past season weren't very effective. The thinking is that Wallace, who has three years of eligibility remaining, could step in and start right away.

MSU, of course, has only two quarterbacks on scholarship right now: Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott. That's because Dylan Favre transferred to Pearl River CC.

Liggins said Wallace's commitment "kind of affected my decision a little bit," and he said MSU's current two-quarterback setup could "make a difference," too.

But, he added, "two quarterbacks or three quarterbacks, like I said, the best man is going to win the job."

Ole Miss has a new coach, Hugh Freeze, who brings a high-octane offensive style to Oxford. Mullen, of course, employs the spread option, which seems to work best with an athletic, mobile quarterback.

"I feel like I could fit in Freeze's offense or Mullen's offense, because both of them kind of fit the quarterback system I've been looking for," Liggins said.

So what does he think of MSU?

"I really like that coaching staff they have; they have a good coaching staff. I see that they're bringing in a lot of Mississippi guys to try and turn that program around and win a national championship with Mississippi guys."

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January 12, 2012

Relf was a special project for Balis. Relf is tall and his legs were weak. Balis had Relf concentrate on one thing and one thing only... he had Relf do "Kneel Downs" and plenty of them. Up to 500 a day, because Balis knew that one day Relf would need to take a knee to end a game. Well, as it turned out Relf's legs would get stronger. Relf got them stronger by trampling The Rebelbears three years in a row. Then taking a knee in victory two years in a row and if the ref would have given Moncrief that TD catch at the end, MState and Relf would have kneeled 3 years in row. The KNEE PETE.
January 12, 2012
Man, I thought he was going to go to Ole Miss, But now since they since they got Wallace and ten other qb's, I have no clue. Liggins would be good match for Miss State.
January 11, 2012
I like Mstate getting QB's that will be here for at least 3 years. It brings continuity to the Quarterback position.

Mullen always has the future in mind. He can spot talent and then with Balis' conditioning program and the coaches on staff that can coach the postions, turn the player into an all conference player; ie Vick Ballard.

Mullen may act like he wants a certain player, just to make TSUN take him, because Mullen knows that the certain player has reached his ceiling, as an athlete.

Glory Days!!
January 12, 2012
Yeah, Balis worked wonders with Relf too. He certainly looked much leaner and faster this year. The staff deserves props for fine-tuning his throwing motion as well.

January 11, 2012
Miss State fans must be highly elated at the Ole Miss coaching staff that's being assembled. A group of coaches that led the Rebels to some of the worse losing seasons in history. Coach Orgeron's old staff being put together. Read Alford's posting today on the Ole Miss blog.