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."