Riggs is in the house!

It's official. Tennessee's most ballyhooed football recruit is in the fold. <Br> Touted tailback Gerald Riggs, Jr., enrolled at the University of Tennessee on Friday after school officials were informed that his high school transcript had been approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Riggs had some ground to make up entering his senior year at Red Bank High of Chattanooga, and his chances for immediate collegiate eligibility seemed iffy at times. He took a Spanish II class at the Sylvan Learning Center last winter, however, and that helped raise his grade-point average to the necessary level.

Riggs is to begin classes at UT today. The second session of summer school officially began last Monday, so he's one week behind at this point.

A powerful 5-foot-11, 217-pounder, Riggs rushed for 1,725 yards and 27 touchdowns at Red Bank last fall. He is expected to earn immediate playing time with the Vols, despite a glut at tailback that already includes Jabari Davis, Cedric Houston, Derrick Tinsley, Keldrick Williams and fullback/tailback Troy Fleming.

Riggs earned All-America recognition from Parade Magazine, PrepStar, SuperPrep and Borderwars.com last winter. Most recruiting services ranked him among the top five tailback prospects in America. He is the son of Gerald Riggs, Sr., who was an All-Pro with the Atlanta Falcons in the 1980s.


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