Speed Kills WRs But Attracts College Coaches

Cody Riggs didn't get handed down the size from his father's side of the family, but the 5-foot-9 ½, 165-pound cornerback, was definitely blessed with the speed that comes from his mother's side.

That speed is what has college football coaches salivating over Cody Riggs.

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown noticed it when the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) standout camped in South Bend over the summer. Head coach Charlie Weis quickly fell in love with that speed, when he watched Riggs' film earlier this month.

"He said he hadn't been able to watch me, but after he watched my highlight film, he said he just watched it a minute ago, and he said he was going to offer me," Riggs explained of his conversation with Weis. "He also said my coach spoke highly of me, and recommended me."

Weis definitely knows Riggs' head coach George Smith real well. Current offensive linemen Sam Young and Dan Wenger played at St. Thomas Aquinas. So did punter Ben Turk and long snapper Jordan Cowart, two players that signed with Notre Dame in the class-of-2009.

Plenty of schools want to land Riggs in their class-of-2010. Besides Notre Dame, he holds offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Miami, Duke, Wisconsin and Boston College.

Riggs is the son of former NFL fullback Gerald Riggs, and the younger brother of former Tennessee running back Gerald Riggs Jr. Though he didn't get their bulk, the speed came from people like his mother's brother Bobby Brown, a former Notre Dame and NFL receiver himself.

Brown the uncle who turned Riggs on to Notre Dame.

"I called him right after (Notre Dame) offered. He was excited to hear that. He's pushing for Notre Dame I know that."

Riggs is excited to be considering the Irish.

"I was kind of excited about it because I wasn't sure if they were going to offer me or not," Riggs said. "They're a prestigious program and I wasn't expecting that at that time. That really brought my focus towards Notre Dame, and I look forward to going to their camp this summer."

When Riggs attended Notre Dame's camp last summer, he did so as a relatively unknown prospect. He didn't play much at St. Thomas Aquinas as a sophomore, but Brown and him connected right away.

"Normally at camps like this, coaches don't really talk to sophomores, but I met coach Brown and we started talking and got along real well. I talked to him a lot after drills and during breaks. He is a real nice guy."

Riggs was also impressed with the school itself.

"It's probably one of the nicest campuses in the United States," he said. "The Dome, and the church they have, it's all real nice. You only get to see that stuff on TV, and I got to see that in person. The stadium was really nice.

"The coaching staff is real cool. They reminded me of my high school coaches, and I feel like I can talk to them for my whole college career."

Riggs camped at Florida, Florida State and Auburn as well, and returned to school a different player. This past season, he had 25 tackles, eight interceptions and 25 pass breakups, for ESPN Rise's top-ranked team in the country.

"Because of my speed, nobody has been able to run past me," Riggs said. He won the state championship in the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore.

Riggs also gives credit to lining up against receivers like Duron Carter (Ohio State), Stephen Bravo-Brown and Dwayne Difton (Connecticut) in practice.

Where Riggs will line up on the next level won't be decided until around National Signing Day. He wants to take his time and take official visits.

"I'm going to be looking at things like, are they going to be successful in the years I'm there," Riggs began. "TV coverage, my position, is my position coach good at what he does, does he know what he's talking about, does he know about the NFL? The campus, I don't want to go to a boring school, I want to be able to interact and have a nice college life."

Riggs also really emphasized academics. After watching his uncle play at Notre Dame and then in the NFL for a couple years, he saw him then turn to his backup plan and become a lawyer, and that is something that has really stood out to Riggs.

"For him to be so good and not make it, and now he is making more money than most people can imagine not making it to the NFL, I was thinking about that too as far as my college decision."

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