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John Tyler’s Justice Liggins Commits to SFA

John Tyler’s Justice Liggins pushes through a Whitehouse defender during JT’s 45-38 comeback win Nov. 9 in Tyler. (Christopher Vinn,

One of John Tyler’s top offensive weapons hopes to continue to be that in another pass-happy offense at the college level.

John Tyler WR Justice Liggins. (Christopher Vinn,

Senior receiver Justice Liggins has committed to Stephen F. Austin State, he confirmed with early Friday afternoon. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound pass catcher snagged 56 passes for 699 yards and seven touchdowns during his senior season, which saw John Tyler finish 13-2 with a Class 4A Division I state semifinal appearance.

“They’re not too far a way from home and I liked the campus a lot,” Liggins said. “Plus they’re throwing the ball a lot.”

Other than SFA, Liggins holds offers from Wyoming, Lamar, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, and Houston Baptist. He still plans to visit Lamar this weekend, but said “I’m pretty sold right now” on SFA.  Lamar has also offered John Tyler receiver Darion Flowers and linebacker Richard Gipson.

SFA finished the 2012 season ranked second in the country in total offense, averaging 503.1 yards per game. The Lumberjacks were also second nationally in passing offense with 385.4 passing yards per game. Former Whitehouse quarterback Brady Attaway, who starts for SFA, finished sixth in the nation in total offense per game, while former Jefferson wideout Cordell Roberson, who is an NFL prospect, had 77 catches for 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing two games.

“Every receiver I talked to had almost 50 catches it seemed like,” Liggins said. “They told me I could come in and probably have a good chance to play early.”

SFA had four receivers catch at least 47 passes and seven who caught 25 or more. Ten Lumberjacks reached double-digit receptions in 2012. SFA was 5-6 overall, but 4-3 in the Southland Conference.

Liggins is ranked No. 16 on the latest ETSN 25 recruiting rankings.

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