Riggs Gets Comfortable

Standout cornerback Cody Riggs is beginning to get cozy with a few lucky college programs.

Five schools regularly stay in touch with the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) prospect.

"Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Florida State, Florida and Miami, those are the schools I mainly talk to," Cody Riggs said. All of those programs have offered him a scholarship.

"I didn't narrow my list down, but those are the schools I talk on the phone with for a good while."

The 5-foot-9 ½, 165-pound Riggs also holds scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Ole' Miss, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Duke.

Notre Dame assistant coach Corwin Brown has been the one handling Riggs' recruitment.

"I just talk to him about playing up there," Riggs said. "He asks me how track is going because I run track. We mainly talk through email.

"He is just real fun to talk to, and a real fun coach to play for. I would definitely enjoy playing for him."

Riggs enjoyed playing for Brown at Notre Dame's camp last summer. The two connected and talked often while Riggs was up in South Bend. Since then, Riggs has occasionally seen Brown floating around the halls of St. Thomas Aquinas, which is the same high school that produced current Irish offensive linemen Sam Young and Dan Wenger, as well as future incoming freshmen Ben Turk and Jordan Cowart. Riggs will see Brown again at the Notre Dame spring game on April 18th.

"I just want to see how their playing style is, and if it's really what I want in college," Riggs said. He will make the trip with his stepfather, and plans on making his college decision during his senior season.

"I like exciting football. I don't want to play in a boring environment. I want the coaches to be interacting with the players, and not always acting like it's a business. I want to see them communicating with everyone.

"At the same time, I want them to know what they're doing, and be able to teach you what you need to know, to get to the next level."

Riggs is familiar with Brown's coaching background in the NFL, and knows that he could be the guy that could help him achieve all of that.

This past season, Riggs had 25 tackles, eight interceptions and 25 pass breakups, helping the Raiders finish the year as ESPN Rise's top-ranked team in the country. With the recent transfers of top-notch defensive backs Lamarcus Joyner and Keion Payne to Aquinas, Riggs thinks he could see his numbers go up this coming fall.

"Our secondary is definitely loaded," Riggs stated. As a sophomore, he also won the state championship in the 300-low hurdles.

"It allows the ball to be spread out amongst the secondary. The ball can't go to just one side of the field, it has to be spread around, so we can all make plays."

This weekend, Riggs says he will be visiting Florida and Florida State. He has been to those two places in the past, as well as Miami, Auburn and Tennessee, where his older brother Gerald played running back. Riggs would like to get out to Wake Forest sometime in the future.

Riggs isn't the only Aquinas player that holds a Notre Dame scholarship offer. The Irish staff has also extended a full-ride to offensive tackle Brandon Linder and running back Gio Bernard. Riggs said he was going to ask Linder if he was planning to make it to the Notre Dame spring game as well.

Another person Riggs would like to see at the Blue-Gold game is his uncle and former Notre Dame receiver Bobby Brown. Those two keep in regular touch. Brown, now a lawyer, has told his nephew why the Irish program was the best fit for him.

"He said it was between Notre Dame and Michigan for him, and he chose Notre Dame because both of the schools were the same to him, and as far as opportunities after college, they're unlimited at Notre Dame.

"He said it'd be a great choice for me."

Corwin Brown and the rest of the Irish staff couldn't agree more.

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