May 18, 2012

Tyler speedster holds UW offer

Despite playing on a senior-laden John Tyler High School squad last season, Tyler (Tex.) wideout Justice Liggins has managed to make a name for himself in recruiting circles. Last week Liggins pulled in the first of what could be several scholarship offers - this one from the University of Wyoming.

Despite playing across the ball from Oklahoma recruit, Fred Ross, a year ago, Liggins caught 27 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown. He also ran the ball nine times for another 96 yards and two more scores. Liggins is attracting coaches with his size (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) as well as his speed. Liggins said he has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.

"We had a lot of seniors last year, so I didn't get the ball as much at the start of the year," Liggins said. "But. We had a big-time receiver, so I didn't get the ball that much. I can run good routes, catch the ball well and block. And I can run with the ball."

Liggins said his contact at Wyoming is receivers coach Derek Sage, who told Liggins he has a shot to play early in Laramie and invited him for a visit. Liggins said he liked the fact the Cowboys play in a spread offense, offering him a chance to get his hands on the ball more often than he would in a pro-style set.

"He (Sage) said they are willing to play a lot of freshmen up there," Liggins said. "He said they really like me and they want me to come down and play receiver.

"(Wyoming) has a pretty big shot so far," Liggins said. "They only offered two receivers and that is a big plus. That makes me feel special about this whole situation. To tell me I have a chance to play early and the fact they are the first to offer is big."

While Wyoming may have offered Liggins first, the Tyler receiver said he is also hearing extensively from Texas-San Antonio, Southern Methodist, Rice, North Texas and others. He said finding early playing time will be the driver in his decision as well as a place where his family can see him play. Liggins said he hopes to major in Kinesiology with hopes of coaching football or working as a physical therapist.

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