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Bismarck’s Sease, Liggins sign with DSU

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Bismarck’s Sease, Liggins sign with DSU
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The Dickinson State football team’s defense just got stronger.

The program announced the signings of Tommy Sease and Jay Liggins out of Bismarck High Monday afternoon.

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DSU head coach Pete Stanton said he is excited the duo is joining the team and looks forward to what they can contribute.

“They’re guys we obviously feel will be a big part of our future and we’re excited once again to be very committed the athletes of western North Dakota,” Stanton said. “Obviously, they are two of the top guys in this side of the state, so we’re excited to have them join us.”

Sease and Liggins were recruited by a number of programs, mostly NCAA Division II. University of Mary and Northern State (S.D.) were looking at both players, while Sease said he was recruited by Bemidji State (Minn.), Minnesota State Moorhead and University of North Dakota. Liggins said he was contacted by Concordia College (Minn.) and University St. Thomas (Minn.).

A big factor in becoming Blue Hawks was the university’s proximity to Bismarck and that they would go together.

“We actually kind of did it together,” Sease said, a defensive end. “We talked to each other, me and Jay, the whole time as we talked to our recruiting coordinator. It’s just good knowing I’ll be rooming with him so I won’t be completely new to everybody.”

Sease was named first-team all-West Region in 2012 and 2013. He was named Bismarck’s Defensive Player of the Year and chosen to participate in the Badlands Bowl game in June. Stanton said Sease will play at the linebacker position and use him as a pass rusher in nickel situations.

Liggins, a 6-foot-1 cornerback, was all-West Region in football as well as an all-state track and field athlete, competing in the triple jump and long jump. It was crucial for Liggins to be a dual-sport athlete in college, and the DSU track team’s illustrious history and notable alumni caught his eye.

“Most of the schools I looked at, I wanted to play both and if they didn’t have a track team or didn’t allow me to play both, I crossed them off the list,” he said. “At Dickinson, I would do both and they gave a great track program up there. A couple Olympic gold medalists so it is a good place for me to be.”

Sease and Liggins’ recruiting coordinator, DSU assistant coach Jace Schillinger said both players have several qualities which make them vital pieces to DSU’s defense. Sease brings much-needed size to the team with his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame, as well as quickness.

After talking with his coaches, Schillinger came to the conclusion Liggins’ best days are ahead of him and is a player “who’s going to come into his own this year.”

“One thing they do bring is some athleticism to our defense,” Schillinger said. “I guess another thing they bring is experience of playing at a high level. They come from arguably the best program in the state of North Dakota, and they have guys who know how to win and have done it before. It’s nice to get those guys a part of the program and hopefully that can carry over to the program we’re trying to build here.”

Meaghan MacDonald
Meaghan is the sports reporter for the Dickinson Press, focusing primarily on Dickinson State athletics and rodeo. After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism.