Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute athlete Taylor Riggins picked up his first offer on June 15th when in-state Syracuse extended the scholarship opportunity after he impressed during a one day camp. Fast forward 10 days and Riggins took advantage of that offer by committing to the Orange.
"After touring and meeting with the staff today, I have realized that SU is the best fit for me," Riggins said. "The coaching staff was very welcoming and I love their coaching philosophies. They have great faith in me as a player and love my skill set, and I just love the atmosphere here."
Syracuse likes Riggins at linebacker, where he is viewed as a versatile prospect who can play inside or out. But the 6-foot-2 recruit could also potentially play defensive end, tight end or running back at the next level.
National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn is impressed and intrigued by Riggins versatility.
”Riggins will be either a big-bodied running back or a linebacker capable of playing on the edge or the middle,” Dohn said. “He accelerates well and has quick feet. As a running back, he has good balance and is subtle in making cuts in the hole.
”He needs to work on getting to the edge. As a linebacker, Riggins projects as a downhill running who can be physical. He has the size to play inside, and is athletic and long enough to play on the outside.”
Riggins is the third defensive commitment for Syracuse, joining Will Harper and Scoop Bradshaw. Harper is viewed as a linebacker/safety type while Bradshaw is a versatile defensive back who can play corner or safety.
The Aquinas Institute standout is also Syracuse’s first in-state commitment in the 2016 class and first from Western New York since Chauncey Scissum committed out of Rush-Henrietta in the 2013 class.
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