Maryland’s staff is on the prowl for a class of 2016 tight end, and while the Terps have several clear targets, headlined by Naseir Upshur (Imhotep/Philadelphia, Pa.,), they’re continuing to cast a wide net in case their first options fall through. One such tight end, who recently has been back in contact with UMD, is Justin Rigg from Springboro, Ohio.
“Earlier in the basketball season I talked to Coach [John] Dunn and Coach [Greg] Studrawa, and they were telling me some about the school and the Big Ten and what it was like there,” Rigg said. “Then I recently got a follow from their head coach [Randy Edsall] on Twitter, so hopefully that means something. Hopefully I get the offer, because that would be one of my top schools.”
Rigg currently claims offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Miami of Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan. He said the Terps, Indiana and Purdue have been showing interest of late.
“Coach Stud and Coach Dunn were messaging me about [Maryland’s] graduation statistics and how well the school has done in the recent past. So their education definitely stands out, since that’s one of the main things I’m looking for in a college,” Rigg said. “Also, it’s a Big Ten school, and that’s an amazing conference. I grew up watching the teams in the Big Ten, so I would be amazed if I got an offer from a team that competes against Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State.”
The Ohio product has never trekked through the Old Line State before, but would consider doing so should the Terps ante up.
“Like I said, it would be an amazing opportunity, so I’d definitely want to check [UMD] out,” Rigg said. “I know it’s an Under Armour school, it’s near D.C. and it’s a good program. So I’d definitely look more into them.”
Rigg is in the process of setting up visits, and plans to be at Wake Feb. 26, although nothing else is set in stone beyond that. Expect him to check out the likes of Pitt and WVU at some point this spring/summer, however.
Rigg previously saw Kentucky and Cincinnati, with the former holding prime appeal. The Springboro prospect said he liked the Wildcats’ staff and the general direction the program is heading.
“The main thing I’m looking for on these visits is education – that’s No. 1,” Rigg said. “Then how many tight ends are on the roster, the facilities, if the school feels like home, and if I feel I’m really wanted there. So we’ll see how this goes this spring and in the summer, and then I’ll have a better idea where I’m after I take some trips.”
Rigg ideally would like to have his school selected by the summer. He wants to end the process before his senior year so he can concentrate on his studies and football.
The Ohio product is coming off a season where he recorded 23 receptions for around 300 yards. He said he’s mainly being recruited as a tight end, though two of his offers are for offensive line. He doesn’t have a preference for position, but noted that WVU and Cincinnati think he’s best suited as a blocker.
“I mean, position isn’t a huge factor for me [in college], but I consider myself an all-around tight end,” Rigg said. “I block well, but I can get downfield, and catch passes in the short-field and get upfield pretty quickly.”
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