2015 Prospect Intro: Griffin Riggs

Auburn High has a large group of talented seniors in this year's class, but junior Griffin Riggs is making a name for himself for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--While the Auburn High defense is loaded with senior prospects such as four-star Rashaan Evans, Southern Miss commitment Darian Yancey and UCLA verbal Antreal Allen, junior linebacker/defensive lineman Griffin Riggs is quietly making a name for himself with his play on the field for the Tigers.

At 6-3 1/2, 210 pounds with speed in the 4.7 range for the 40-yard dash, the 2015 prospect is beginning to turn some heads with his play. Lining up at outside linebacker and also getting some time at defensive tackle on third down situations when the Tigers want to get an extra pass rusher on field, Riggs should be a player to keep an eye on in next year's recruiting class.

"I have been working hard all year and really since I was in the seventh grade," Riggs tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have been ready for it. Vanderbilt has sent me some stuff and so has South Carolina and Mississippi State."

Expected to take on a role similar to that of Evans and Yancey next season at defensive end, Riggs says he has learned a lot from both players the last two years as well as the entire senior class. With as many as six guys from the 2014 defensive class that should play college football, Riggs says it has been a great experience to gain knowledge under all of them.

"They are just so positive," Riggs said of his veteran teammates. "There is never a down moment. They are always laughing and playing around, but when it's time for business we do work. That's the main thing.

"I have learned to keep my composure," he adds. "They are always staying calm and telling me to calm down and play the game how it's supposed to be played."

Currently 8-1 on the season with the final regular season game coming this Friday night at East Limestone, Riggs and the Tigers earned the top seed in Class 6A, Region 3 with a win over rival Opelika last Friday night and a loss by Smiths Station to Central-Phenix City.

Playing a physical rivalry game and coming out with the win is always special, but Riggs says that doing it away from home made it even better.

"I can't even explain the feeling," Riggs says of the win over Opelika. "It's just a rush. There is nothing like winning against Opelika, especially on their home field. What a win."

Facing Opelika with Alabama commitment Stephen Roberts handling the quarterback duties, Auburn knew that slowing down the running game would be the key to a win. Riggs says that wasn't easy to do with Roberts on the other side, but in the end they got the job done.

"Their quarterback was out and we knew they had a pretty fast guy playing," he says of Roberts. "We were trying to stop the run the whole game. We had to sit on him to see if he was going to pull it or not. We had to be real physical up front. The linebackers did a good job of filling in the holes. It just came together well for us."

Hoping to this week's game as a tuneup, Auburn will return home for the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 8 when Murphy High out of Mobile comes to Duck Samford Stadium. That will be another opportunity for Riggs to show what he can do against top competition. While the goal is always to get a win, he says that if he can show some college team that he's worthy of a scholarship along the way then that's just a bonus.

"I'm interested in anybody that will take me," Riggs says. "I"m just trying to play on the next level. That's my goal."

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