Gators Lead for All-American

One of the better athletic cornerbacks you will find in the entire class of 2010 is Ft Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas' Cody Riggs. Fresh off of his visit to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights, Riggs has named a new leader. The defending national champs have a huge need at corner for the 2010 class and have made Riggs a priority. Riggs is feeling the love from the Gators and has them on top.

At 5-9.5 and 170 pounds, Cody Riggs is athletic and aggressive and can handle the big or small receivers he faces. Already set to play in the Army All-American game held in San Antonio in January, Riggs is busy preparing for the upcoming season with the defending high school national champions.

"Summer is going pretty good, just working out with my football team," Riggs said. "We work out Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,and Friday. There is no comparison to how hard we have worked before. We are working out a lot harder than we ever did."

For Riggs and company being at Aquinas is like playing at an upper level of football. The competition is everywhere.

"It's very competitive out there, especially at defensive back," he said. "We are going to be on the field at the same time, so we know we are going to play. We have five division one DB's out there."

Riggs was a little under the radar with colleges until a big game last season that caught the attention of programs everywhere.

"I knew after the third game of the year last year with my game on ESPN," he said about when he knew he would be recruited so heavily. "I had two interceptions and five tackles and after that I started getting mail from schools everywhere."

With close to 20 offers already, Riggs has been busy this off—season visiting schools and getting to know them.

"I went Friday Night Lights and to the Seminole Showtime," he said of the Florida and Florida State camps. "The others were just unofficial visits where I worked out for the coaches. I worked out at Florida, Georgia and Florida State. I went to Notre Dame for an unofficial during the school year."

He has a current top five schools, but there could be a slight change on the horizon.

"Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, and Notre Dame are my top five," he said. "I would say Florida is my leader and all the others are even right now, but my top five is not final because I just got an offer from Illinois."

He had good things to say about each of his top five.

Tennessee: "Monte Kiffin, everyone knows that he is a defensive genius. It would be great to play for him. My brother went there and he tells me it would be a great place to be for my 3-5 years there."

Notre Dame: "I got along well with Coach Brown, the defensive back's coach there. I went to the camp going into my junior year before I was ever noticed. Also, my uncle went there."

Georgia: "Everyone that meets Coach Richt, they like him. Coach Martinez is a real good coach. Georgia was one of my favorites for a while, and one of the places I was really interested. The tradition there is like Notre dame, especially at defensive back."

Florida State: "I like the tradition as far as the DB's. They have the best tradition for DB's as any college. They have Terrell Buckley as a GA there helping Coach Mickey Andrews with the DB's. I like the way they coach and it's a very family like environment. I like the stadium a lot, it's very impressive. They were my favorite school growing up and Peter Warrick was my favorite player."

Florida: "They have everything to offer. They have academics like Notre Dame. You have to worry about stability at some schools and you look at Florida and unless Urban Meyer was to leave that coaching staff isn't going anywhere. So, they are going to keep winning. You look at the way they play, I am a high energy player and I love the way they play."

"I really like the way Coach Bedford coaches the DB's and I get along with him very well. I went to Friday night Lights I got to see him coach a group and I really liked the way he coached the group we had. I feel like he is very knowledgeable about what he is doing. Some coaches are really aggressive and some are not at all and he is right in the middle and I like that."

"I just like the whole coaching staff. I like Coach Gonzales, to the running back coach, to the safety coach. I like them all and I can see myself playing there. A lot of my family and friends went to Florida.

"Major Wright talks to me a lot about Florida. He just gets along with everyone and everyone likes to be around him. My whole family likes to talk. When I went to the unofficial visit, he and Joe Haden came over and said the coaches really wanted me. He and Joe said they really like playing for Coach Bedford and the way he coaches."

"It is very important to see that they put freshmen on the field and the best man on the field. I don't want to redshirt, but at least battle for a starting position. Just the fact they give people a chance is very important. Janoris Jenkins will be a junior and Haden will probably leave early. Joe said I would definitely get a shot to play early."

As far as what makes him a great player, Riggs said it is his athleticism.

"I would say my hips and my speed," he said. "I make a lot of plays on the ball, 25 pass breakups last year. I am always around the ball in the air. I have to go against the bigger receivers and they can see by my highlights that the bigger receivers don't get an advantage on me."

In the end, it looks like comfort level will be most important for his decision.

"I am going to make my decision on where I feel comfortable," he said. "I know what I am looking for with my top five schools. Now I am looking at little things like game day environment and if I can get along with the type of players they recruit. I will take all five officials."


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