Riggs One of Nation's Elite

From Edgerrin James to James Jackson to Najeh Davenport to some current UM running backs, the Hurricanes have been a running backs pipeline to the NFL in recent years. Recruiting prospect Gerald Riggs could someday be added to that list, and he talks about the Hurricanes in this interview.

The University of Miami has a set of running backs that is more talented as a group than some NFL teams. The Hurricanes have produced some of the nation's best running backs in recent years.

That's why every year the Canes can attract the best in the entire country when it comes to recruiting running backs.

That's no different this year, as the No. 1 running back prospect in America - Gerald Riggs - likes the Canes.

"I like Miami a lot," Riggs said. "My little brother lives in Dade County and I thought it would be real nice to be close to him and to play ball there."

At 6-feet and 212 pounds, Riggs has been timed in the 4.48 range. His size/speed combination is very impressive, but it's his running style that makes him among the elite. He makes people miss because of his tremendous hips and has the ability to either run through defenders or around them.

As a junior last season, Riggs ran for over 2,500 yards and led his team to the state championship.

And when I asked Riggs about this season, he quickly had the same idea. "I want to repeat as state champions first and to do that, I want to have another good year running the ball," he said.

Well, if the season opener was any indication, Riggs is off to a tremendous start. He rushed for 142 yards and five touchdowns in the season's first game.

The Chattanooga (TN) Red Bank star was the MVP of the NIKE Training Camp in Atlanta earlier this summer and he's fully qualified inside the classroom, with a 22 on the ACT.

Put it all together and you have a prospect with over 50 scholarship offers before September 1.

"I'm probably going to visit Tennessee, Michigan, LSU, and Nebraska for sure," he said. "If Miami offers me, they will definitely be in my top five and I'd probably make them one of my visits."

The offer Riggs is wondering about should be on its way once the contact period begins again on September 1. If so, the Canes will be involved in a heated recruiting battle for the nation's best tailback prospect.

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