Gary Riggs set to take an official with Ole Miss
The following information was revealed during our interview with Gary Riggs:
What is your current height, weight, and forty time? "I am 6' 3", 215, and I run a 4.4 forty."
Which position are you being recruited to play on the next level? "Free safety, but really, most of them just ask me where I would like to play. Wide receiver, defense, it really does not matter."
What are your strengths on the field? "I just try to study everybody. I am playing QB right now, so I have to study everybody to know where to go. Generally, I say to myself, I am better than my opponent. You have to have confidence and play hard. I keep my teammates focused. I will have to study the other side of the ball when I get in college, but I will get there."
What do you need to work on for the next level? "I need to get a little more speed and strength. I am taking my time, just working on my DB techniques. I need to get my backpedalling down to an exact science. I am also working on my jumping ability, so I can go up and beat my man for the jump ball. Just some more experience at DB, and I will be fine. I think I will be a great DB in college."
What do you max out at with your bench press and squat? "300 and I squat 450."
Vertical? "They had me at 38" at the Nike Camp."
Did you attend anymore camps? "Just the LSU camp."
How long have you been starting for Jennings (3A)? "This is my fourth year."
Which positions are you playing this season? "I start at free safety and quarterback. I do not get off the field."
What are your stats for the season? "I could not tell you right now. Mostly, it is all about offense right now. I will not lie to you. On defense, I have 3 picks, but I do not know about my tackles. I have 4 sacks too, but that is all I can remember. On offense, I have over 1,200 yards rushing and 14 TD's. I probably have around 400 and something passing yards and a few TD's."
Any weekly awards? "I made Player of the Week in our newspaper a couple of times. The news channel also named me their Player of the Month for October."
Any scholarship offers? "Ole Miss and South Carolina have given me written offers. Tennessee and Florida have been talking about it, but I do not know about Florida anymore, with their staff getting fired and all. Coach Fulmer called last week, and he told me that they were about to offer me. So that should be coming soon."
Have you set up any official visits? "I am going to South Carolina (1/14) and Ole Miss (1/21)."
Who else are you going to visit? "Probably Tennessee and Florida. I have been to LSU a lot. I probably will not visit them, but I might go to T.C.U."
Who wants you the most? "I have to say Ole Miss. They were the first school to offer me last year. Coach Woods is always checking on me. He tells me their safeties are too slow, and they need some young guys with speed to get in there next year. Coach Woods came to my game last week. He told me on the phone that he thinks I can come in there next year and get some snaps. He really wants me to go there."
What do you like about South Carolina? "They call a lot too. First is Ole Miss but South Carolina is a great school too. I really like them. Coach Roberts came to my game a couple of weeks ago. He said he could use me next year. He is always calling and telling me how bad he wants me. I can not wait until January to visit both schools."
What attracts you to Tennessee? "Coach Washington is cool. He always calls. He is always messing around with me. He tells me they need a big player like me in their defensive backfield. He always asks me if I am ready to play big time football, and if I am, Tennessee is the place for me. He talks like a father would to me. I like that."
What are Florida's positives? "Coach "V" always calls and tells me he is going to make sure I have a spot on their team, even with their being a new staff and all. He still calls every week and sends letters, and he will not even be there next year. He told me I was one of their top safeties on their board. He likes my game."
What are your looking for when it comes decision time? "Playing time and education. I would like to stay close to home, so my parents can come to my games, but it does not have to be in the state of anything. I just do not want it to be no 12 hours away or anything like that. And if I do not play in my first year, I will take that redshirt and work hard to make sure I start my redshirt freshman season. I want to show them they did not recruit me for nothing."
Gary carries a 2.8 Core GPA and a 17 on the ACT.