Riggins Checks Out UCLA Practice

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian running back D.J. Riggins has looked as good as any back in the state at the various winter events and is hopeful his first Pac-12 offer could be coming soon...

D.J. Riggins earned all-tournament honors following an impressive showing at the NLA 7on7 in Las Vegas and was one of the top three backs in attendance at the SoCal NIKE Camp. At 5-11 and 180 pounds, he has explosive speed, can make you miss in the open field and has great hands out of the backfield.

Heavy interest has come in from Utah State, Colorado State, San Jose State and Wyoming and the athlete took an unofficial visit to UCLA on Saturday.

"It was great, I liked it a lot there," Riggins said. "That was their first day in pads and they had a scrimmage. I got to talk with Coach Broussard, the running backs coach and we talked about the recruiting process.

"He said they like me a lot and could offer soon. They're going to come out and see me when we start spring practice and always want me to camp with them. He said he's going to push for me to get an offer if I do well during spring ball or at their camp. They're recruiting me as an F-Back, the position Steven Manfro plays and I think that would be a good fit for me."

Riggins will check out several other Pac-12 programs this spring and summer.

‘I'm going to Utah's Junior Day April 20," Riggins said. "I talk to (Utah coach) Brian Johnson a lot and I'm looking forward to getting out there and getting a feel for the staff and the program.

"The next weekend, I'm going to Oregon State. I'm looking forward to meeting the staff there as well. I wanted to do their Junior Day but I had a commitment so I'm just taking an unofficial visit on my own. I'm also hearing from Colorado, Washington, Washington State and Boston College and just waiting for that first BCS offer to roll in."

Riggins said he'll be active on the camp circuit.

"Along with the UCLA camp, I'm going to camp with Utah and Colorado and maybe Oregon State," Riggins said. "Utah and Colorado are doing camps out here in Southern Cal and Oregon State is as well. I think once that first big offer comes in from the Pac-12, a few others could follow soon after.

"A lot of people have told me that colleges follow each other so that's what I'm hoping for. I do want to take my time with the process and do my visits. I probably won't do an official visit to UCLA because it's so close but would like to check out Washington, Oregon State, Utah and then probably a school outside the region like Boston College.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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