NJ linebacker planning Louisville visit

Doug Rigg lists Rutgers and Iowa at the top of his list. But the talented linebacker from Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic is still considering Louisville and plans to visit the Cardinals.

With an athletically built 6-1 215 pound frame, Doug Rigg is a big-time prospect.

"Right now the main schools that are showing me the most interest that have not offered are Michigan State, Miami, Boston College, and Pitt. I have six offers total from Wisconsin, Iowa, Louisville, West Virginia, Rutgers, and Maryland," said Rigg.

Rigg has already made a couple of visits this spring and he says that those visits opened his eyes to the programs currently sitting atop his list.

"This spring I had the chance to visit Rutgers and Iowa. The trips went real well and I got the chance to learn something new about the programs," said Rigg. "I really didn't know much about the program at Rutgers until I got the chance to go down there. And as far as Iowa I really didn't know anything at all about Iowa until I went down for that visit."

While those two programs enjoy a slight lead, Rigg says things are far from over.

"Those schools are basically at the top because I know what those schools have to offer, and I have been on their campus and I know what they have to offer," Rigg said. "So that is really what I am trying to do this summer and is get out and see what the other schools have to offer. So things could change as far as that goes." As the summer approaches, Rigg has big plans and a visit schedule to match.

"This summer I am going to try to take as many trips as I can," Rigg said. "I am probably going to take a Florida trip as soon as my classes end, and I am going up with my team to Boston College for a camp. I am also planning a trip to Louisville and try to pretty much get to as many schools that offered me as I can."

Rigg hopes to learn more about Louisville when he visits the Cardinals.

"I don't really know much about Louisville, but I know I love their basketball team. But as far as the school goes I don't know much about it," Rigg said. "I was talking to a coach yesterday from Louisville and he was telling me how they are the 16th largest city. I didn't know any of that stuff but a player from my area went there...(Matt) Simms. Other than that I really don't know much about them (except) I have seen them play. But that is about it."

Now, Rigg is focused on finding a good 'college' fit.

"I am looking for a good relationship with the coaches and the players," Rigg said. "And I just have to feel comfortable where I am staying and have a good atmosphere. A good football atmosphere and good academics."

Rigg is being recruited by all his prospective schools as a linebacker, and says the coaches are in love with how he plays the game.

"A lot of coaches say they really like my versatility and my ability to play sideline to sideline. Also my work ethic and how when I am on the field I don't stop until the play is over," said Rigg. "I want to really get bigger and stronger for the coming season. Because being a linebacker you have to be very physical. And also to play my position you have to be quick and athletic. I am already athletic, but I am not really where I want to be so I need to get my weight up."

Rigg says he plans on making his decision as soon as his senior season is completed.


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