Riggs Reflects On OSU Visit

He might not have gotten the same attention as teammate Lamarcus Joyner, but Cody Riggs was in attendance for Ohio State's spring game. Find out what Riggs thought about the trip, where things stand between him and the Buckeyes and who his top school is in this update.

During his trip to see Ohio State's spring game, Cody Riggs felt like the Buckeyes were interested in him.

During the rest of the year, it has been a bit different story. The three-star cornerback prospect from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas said he enjoyed his trip to Columbus for the April 25 weekend, but not enough to include the Buckeyes on his list of top schools.

Asked if the Buckeyes are recruiting him, Riggs told BuckeyeSports.com, "Sort of. Not as hard as other schools, so I wouldn't say they're definitely going to be in my top. They were recruiting me while I was up there, but as far as sending me stuff, no."

The purpose of the trip, he said, was to give him something to compare other schools to despite the fact that the Buckeyes have not offered him a scholarship.

"I liked it a lot," he said. "The facilities are some of the best in the country and the coaching staff, they definitely know what they're talking about. I was definitely swayed by that a little bit. I really wanted to check it out because it's one of the best programs in the country. I just wanted to look at it myself."

While he was there, Riggs spent time with OSU cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and safeties coach Paul Haynes but primarily spoke with Haynes.

"I went and talked to them about what type of coverages they play," he said. "They put corners in the league almost all the time, so I talked about that with them."

A 5-10, 170-pound athlete, Riggs is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 22 cornerback in the country. As a junior, he intercepted eight passes and earned first-team all-state honors. He has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Riggs was not alone during his trip. Fellow Raiders Lamarcus Joyner, Keion Payne and Duron Carter accompanied him to Columbus – Carter is a member of OSU's class of 2009, while Joyner is being heavily recruited by the Buckeyes and holds a scholarship offer.

"Yeah, they are making a push for him," Riggs said of OSU's interest in Joyner. "I definitely noticed on the visit. A lot of people knew him, like fans and stuff. They're definitely interested in Lamarcus."

The three members of the class of 2010 will return to central Ohio this fall to play a game in Ohio Stadium, but Riggs said the most recent trip was beneficial for all involved.

"That always helps because we can talk about it and we can see ourselves playing in that program," Riggs said. "It always helps a lot."

As Riggs looks at the schools who have offered him, he is not lacking for interest. He holds offers from the likes of Florida State, Notre Dame, Miami (Fla.) and Georgia, among others.

Riggs said he does not plan to make a final decision for some time but said he does know what he is looking for in a school.

"There's a lot of factors that will take part in my decision," he said. "I would say (those factors) would be coaching style: can I see myself playing for these coaches? Are they good with their athletes? I'd be away from home a lot, so if I have problems or something I want a coach I can talk to. Academics are definitely a big part, and I'm looking for a program that knows what they're doing and can get me to the next level."

He declined to name a list of all his favorites, but one school has solidified itself as his top choice.

"There's a lot of teams, but Notre Dame is my No. 1 for sure even though I haven't made a list," he said.


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