Northern Nash's Liggins inks NLI

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Northern Nash Alumnus Da'Shawn Liggins signs to play football with St. Andrews University.


Sports Writer

Thursday, July 12, 2018

It all came together a little bit late for Da’Shawn Liggins, but a senior year of hard work finally paid off for the new Northern Nash graduate, who signed his letter of intent to play college football on Thursday outside of the Knights’ gym.

Liggins, a wide receiver who plans to play that position in college, inked his intention to play for St. Andrews University, an NAIA program outside of Fayetteville.

For the occasion, attended by teammates, coaches and family, Liggins had his own shirt made, with him in his Knights’ jersey, with lettering across the top that read SAU 22.

Also by his side was his quarterback, Davontae Wiggins, who helped to form a strong connection between the two this past season.

“We’ve been knowing each other since we were in middle school. Last year when he had nobody to go to on the field, I was his go-to,” Liggins, who finished with 580 receiving yards on 34 catches in 10 games, said of his quarterback. “That’s why he was up there with me today.”

The college-bound senior, who said he’ll head down to SAU in early August for the start of training camp, also took a moment to appreciate his accomplishment on Thursday, a milestone he did not expect to be within arm’s distance of a few years ago.

The reason it took awhile for him to be able to commit, is because the SAU coaching staff was waiting on his final SAT scores. There had been interest since a visit to a spring practice a few months ago.

Overall, he had to hustle his senior year to get his GPA to where it needed to be.

“I didn’t see myself going nowhere,” Liggins said. “How can I put it? I wasn’t the best student in school. I was around a lot of the wrong people. I got here and I met the right people, all of the coaches, they pushed me to do better.”

On hand was newly-appointed Northern Nash football coach Andrew Fariss, as well as Henry Drake, Liggins’ basketball coach this past season, who took a sigh of relief when the ceremonial commitment was over.

“We’re happy Da’Shawn has a home,” Drake said, smiling.