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Liggins still a wait-and-see

When Indiana quarterback Gunner Kiel dropped his pledge to LSU in mid-January, the Tigers had a few weeks to figure out a replacement for the lone quarterback added in the 2012 class.

Liggins could still enroll at LSU by September if he improves his test score

The void was eventually filled by Mississippi quarterback Jeremy Liggins, an Oxford native who spurned Ole Miss - the hometown team - and Mississippi State for LSU, thanks in large part to the efforts of defensive line coach Brick Haley, who helped lock up Liggins just short of National Signing Day.

Though it was unclear whether Liggins - at 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds - would eventually make his impact at quarterback or on the defensive line, the Tigers went forward with the notion that Liggins would begin his college career as a quarterback.

With fall camp just a little more than a month away, it's now unclear whether Liggins will even end up in Baton Rouge.

Last week, Liggins signed to play with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, meaning there was still work to be done in the classroom.

The Biloxi Sun-Herald quoted Lafayette County High coach Anthony Hart as saying Liggins took the ACT last week and is awaiting his test scores.

“If he doesn’t qualify, Gulf Coast is a great option,” Hart said. “It was a family decision. Gulf Coast has a great plan academically.’’

On Monday, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette told The Advocate there was still a chance Liggins gets his score up and arrives to Baton Rouge before the start of camp.

“Nothing is decided yet,” Bonnette said. “He’s taking a class (at Mississippi Gulf Coast), but there’s nothing preventing him from coming to school (at LSU) in August.”

LSU currently has three scholarship quarterbacks on campus in junior Zach Mettenberger and redshirt freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall.

LSU quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe has also secured verbal commitments from two quarterbacks in the 2013 class: Georgia's Anthony Jennings and California's Hayden Rettig.

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