Zach Riggs visits Wake Forest

Zach Riggs made the trip to Winston-Salem this weekend from J.L. Mann in Greenville, S.C. with his father and brother, Jake. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end was on campus for the Demon Deacon Junior Day held on Saturday, February, 25th.


"I thoroughly enjoyed it," said Zach Riggs of his day at Wake Forest. "We saw Deacon Tower. I was on the elevator with Ron Wellman, the AD. He was telling me a lot about Wake Forest and how great a university it is.

"Coach Lobo is a great guy. We spent about 30-40 minutes speaking with him while we were eating. He thought I'd fit in well [in the offense] at tight end or the H-back role."

Zach's father, Jim, was a two-time All-ACC performer at Clemson before going on to play seven seasons in the NFL with the Bengals and Redskins. He serves as an assistant coach at J.L. Mann where Zach, also a tight end, and Jake, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wide receiver, are juniors.

"I'm hearing from Clemson, N.C.State, and Wake Forest," Riggs said. "My brother has been hearing more from Clemson. If it works out for us to play together in college that would be great, but right now we're just loving being able to visit these great universities."

Riggs caught 12 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns for the J.L. Mann Patriots in his second year as a starter as a junior. He's hoping a big spring, summer, and senior season will result in turning interest into offers.

"I'm a big body blocker with soft hands," Riggs stated. "I'm trying to get faster. I've been working on my speed in the past months since the season ended. Next year, my goals are to be a Under Amour All-American, be named to the Carolina Shrine Bowl and sign a Division 1 scholarship.

"This summer we plan on being at a bunch of one day camps. Definitely we'll be going to Wake Forest's and N.C.State's."

Zach is a triplet with brother, Jake, and sister, Abby. He reports a GPA of 3.6. Lonnie Galloway, who oversees the state of South Carolina recruiting, is Riggs' recruiting coach for Wake Forest.

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