BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WCBI/Northeast CC) – High-level talent continues to flow onto the campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College and the accolades continue to accumulate as well.
After sending the nation’s top junior college defensive tackle to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) last year in Lavon Hooks (University of Mississippi), another Northeast gridiron star received individual attention as the 2013 campaign gets started.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced Friday, August 23 in its annual Football Media Guide that Tiger defensive lineman Jeremy Liggins was named a Top 25 national prospect for the upcoming season.
The list was compiled by JCFootball.com and J.C. Grid-Wire, a division of the Scout.com recruiting rankings service.
“That shows me that somebody up the chains knows just a little bit about football because Jeremy is just a tremendous athlete,” said Northeast head football coach Ricky Smither. “He’s well deserving of the recognition that they’re giving him.”
A transfer from Louisiana State University, Liggins is no stranger to success on the field. He led Lafayette County High School to back-to-back Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A state championships in 2010-11 as their quarterback.
The Ole Miss commitment now looks to start the first game of his career on the defensive side of the ball on Thursday at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
“It feels good to be a Top 25 prospect pick in the country,” Liggins said. “I work everyday, get my team involved and just get after it.”
The NJCAA also announced in its Football Media Guide that sophomore Daniel Ross was selected as a top returning defensive lineman in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division.
“He had a very good spring and is a very active guy,” Smither said of Ross, a Louisville, Ky., native. “He could play all across the front. He’s a big kid that can run and make things happen.”
Ross had 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks as a freshman last season.