Rigg Starts to Pencil in Officials

After turning out an impressive junior season, Bergen Catholic linebacker/running back Doug Rigg has earned six Division 1 scholarship offers, including one from the Badgers. Although things have slowed down for Rigg on the recruiting front, the talented athlete is starting to pencil in his official visits.

MADISON - When Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren showed up on the campus of Bergen Catholic (N.J.) High School in the spring, outside linebacker Doug Rigg didn't know much about Wisconsin.

So imagine his surprise when he opened up his email the next day to find an offer from Wisconsin sitting in his inbox.

"I was really surprised," Rigg told Badger Nation Tuesday. "The email said that the coaches were impressed with my film and that they wanted to offer me a scholarship. (Coach Doeren) said he was impressed and that he was going to stay in touch."

Registering 65 tackles and seven sacks as a defense end his junior year, Rigg (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) has grabbed offers from Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers and West Virginia to play outside linebacker. The Badgers, however, have recruited Rigg as a running back, where he carried the ball 30 times for 500 yards and nine touchdowns last season, a performance that earned him first-team All-League and third-team All-County honors.

Although he was interested in taking a visit to Madison, the Badgers have seemingly dropped off his radar, causing Rigg's interest to wane.

"I haven't done a lot of research because I haven't really heard from the coaching staff," Rigg said. "I heard that they felt I wasn't going to go that far from home. Honestly, location doesn't matter to me. I am just looking for the right fit."

It's not so much the location that makes the difference, but the school, or the people, that make Rigg feel at home and remind him of the East Coast, which is where the University of Iowa comes in. Being recruited by linebacker coach Darrell Wilson (a former special teams coordinator at Wisconsin in 2000-01 that graduated from Connecticut and coached on the East Coast), Rigg sees the Hawkeyes starting to make a presence in the state, especially with running back and Sicklerville, New Jersey native Shonn Greene heading to the NFL after a breakout season in Iowa City.

"Coach Wilson is great, he's such a high-energy guy," Rigg said. "I went to Iowa in the spring and the trip was great. It's a great campus and a place that I want to visit again."

With five official visits, Rigg plans to head to Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers, possibly Pittsburgh and possibly North Carolina, as the Tar Heels have indicated that they want to see Rigg on campus. After that, he'll be ready to make his decision.

"I think I am going to make my decision after the season," Rigg said. "I want to be able to focus on the season, take some visits and then sit down with my parents to figure out which school is best for me."

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