Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas athlete Taylor Riggins was one of several players on the Syracuse campus this past weekend for their one-day camp. To date, he is the only offer extended, meaning he impressed with his performance.
He says he ran a 6.83 in the three cone drill a 4.2 in the shuttle, both of which were among the best times for any player on the day. That, combined with impressing the staff with his lateral movement and quickness, earned Riggins an offer.
”I was at their camp over the weekend on Saturday,” he said. “He (Chuck Bullough) told me he’d bring me up in a recruiting meeting and stuff and that he would get back to me on Monday, today. Then he (direct messaged) me on Twitter and asked me to call him.
”So I did and he told me they’d like to extend an offer.”
The immediate thing that jumps off the screen on film is Riggins’ length. That combined with a good burst is no doubt why Syracuse was so impressed seeing him in person on Saturday.
The offer was Riggins first and was at linebacker. During the camp he spent time working out at both linebacker and tight end, but it was at linebacker that Syracuse sees a future.
Having his first offer finally on the table produced multiple emotions for the 6-foot-2 athlete.
”I was pretty shocked and I was relieved,” Riggins said. “I was pretty excited. Just taking it all in and enjoying the moment.”
Interestingly, Riggins has never seen a Syracuse game at the Carrier Dome despite living less than two hours from the campus. He is hopeful, however, that he will fix that this fall.
The plan for Riggins going forward is to camp at Rutgers, Penn State and Boston College. Once those are completed, he will see what all of his options are. At that point, he will meet with his family and coaches in order to figure out the best fit.
As far as a decision timeframe, it could come towards the end of summer or during his senior season.