Despite starting on a Franklinton High team that made back-to-back trips to the Superdome, Chris Briggs has gone through much of his high school playing days as an under the radar prospect.
Briggs finished the year with 867 yards and 15 touchdowns on 54 catches, a senior campaign capped off with a 57-yard, one touchdown performance in a state championship win over Karr.
“I figured that I really showed what I could do, especially in a running offense,” he said. “Coaches saw that and were impressed. That’s why things are starting to heat up for me.”
Briggs is getting attention from schools near and far, and a number of new scholarship offers have come in since the season ended.
“I had offers from all the smaller in-state schools, then Tulane offered,” he said. “Pittsburgh and Southern Miss coaches have also come by and given me an offer. I’m just feeling blessed because we are almost to signing day, and now I’ve got more options.
“I haven’t done any visits this month, but I am going to get to a place or two before February.”
While he has already earned an offer from a BCS school, Briggs said he is still waiting out other options, one being LSU.
“Last weekend the coaches came over and visited with me,” he said. The Tigers already have a commitment from Franklinton’s Terrance Magee.
“Terrance is going to visit this weekend, then I am going to come and visit the last weekend before signing day. The coaches said the numbers are tight but they would talk to me then about a scholarship offer. If it happened, it would be very tough for me to pass up. Playing at home is something I want to do.”
Briggs is being recruited to the Tigers by defensive backs coach Ron Cooper, who currently coaches former FHS star Brandon Taylor.
“Coach Joe Rob used to recruit our area, but coach Cooper has been in contact with Terrance and now me,” said Briggs. “We like him a lot. When (Cooper) came by he said they were impressed with what they’ve been seeing. He was at our semifinals and finals games, so he’s got a good feel for how I’ve been playing.”