Riggs Spends A Weekend In South Bend

Watching his uncle, and former Notre Dame receiver Bobby Brown tryout for a spot on the Irish's alumni team that will play in the Notre Dame Japan Bowl this summer, Cody Riggs thought he could shut his older family member down.

"Oh yeah, definitely," Cody Riggs laughed. "He still has a step or two though."

Riggs is right about the step or two, as coach Lou Holtz selected Brown for his team. That was one of the many things Riggs enjoyed on his weekend visit to Notre Dame.

One of the top cornerback prospects in the country, the 5-foot-9 ½, 165-pound Riggs was up from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with his stepfather. He arrived on Friday and stayed through Sunday morning, which included watching the Irish conclude spring practice with the Blue-Gold game.

"I liked it a lot," Riggs stated. "It's probably the favorite school right now. I liked what I saw as far as the alumni. It was perfect that all the alumni were here to talk about what Notre Dame had to offer.

"They were saying the opportunity that leads for jobs, if you went to Notre Dame, they like to see that. We're investment bankers and lawyers, and I was really impressed by that."

Brown happens to be a lawyer himself.

"I really enjoyed being up there with him," Riggs said.

Riggs says he's open to every school interested in him, but Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Florida and Florida State have been standing out. He still doesn't plan on making his college decision until after his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas.

"It definitely blew me away, but I'm still going to be patient," Riggs said of his trip to South Bend. "It's like the only school I've visited, and I need to wait and take a look at the other schools I'm looking at."

Riggs will take a look at Ohio State next weekend.

Besides what he learned from the Notre Dame alumni, Riggs soaked up a lot more about the Irish program.

"I learned that the program, they will be at the top sooner or later," Riggs said. "I learned that the players work hard at everything they do, and I saw that on the field. I saw that the fans really enjoyed the players and they really treat them right. Most schools, kids are college students that come and talk to the students, and here it was more of a family atmosphere."

Riggs camped in South Bend over the summer, where he began to form a bond with Irish defensive backs coach Corwin Brown. Brown has been by St. Thomas Aquinas since then, and the two have been keeping in regular touch. Riggs was happy to see Brown again.

"He's a people person," Riggs said. "I like talking to him. I always look forward to coming up and seeing him. I really wanted to talk to him about a couple things, and he really explained a lot about the program."

Riggs also got a chance to catch up with Rob Ianello and Bernie Parmalee. Both Brown and Parmalee told Riggs they'd be by his school soon.

Another thing Riggs got to experience on his visit to Notre Dame, was hanging out with the Irish players. Junior-to-be running back Armando Allen was the guy he spent the most time with.

"They were real cool," Riggs said. "They tell you everything. They couldn't find much to say that was bad."

Riggs also formed a bond with fellow Florida recruits and cornerbacks Lo Wood and Spencer Boyd. Wood and Boyd were making their first-ever visits to Notre Dame.

"I was with them the whole time," Riggs said. "I was talking with them a lot, and we all definitely like Notre Dame."

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