July 21, 2009

Irish connect with Riggs

Even after declaring a Top 5 of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and Tennessee, Cody Riggs remains a prime recruiting target for powerhouse programs across the country. The 5-foot-9, 156-pound cornerback from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., said the recruiting process remains intense and his list of favorites remains the same.

"I really haven't changed my Top 5," Riggs said. "After my official visits is when I'll change it."

Riggs said he has set official visits to Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

After visiting South Bend for Notre Dame's annual Blue-Gold Game, Riggs was sold on what the Irish have to offer. His return visit on Oct. 16 for the USC game will give him a more realistic look at campus.

"I just want to experience the game day atmosphere," he said.

Riggs said he talks frequently with Irish assistant coach Corwin Brown.

"I talk to coach Brown almost every day," he said. "We just talk about every day stuff like the goals for my senior season."

Even as the recruiting process begins to wind down for the summer, and many of his favorite schools begin to see their commitment totals rise, Riggs said he's confident he'll have an opening at whichever school he chooses.

"They all tell me I definitely have a spot," he said. "It feels pretty good to hear that. I worked out for all of them so they pretty much know what I can do."

The recruiting process probably hit its peak in June after Riggs visited both Florida and Georgia. Not only did Notre Dame drop behind the two SEC programs, but Riggs declared his five finalists. That move gave Riggs a little breathing room.

"The recruiting process definitely slowed down a lot after that," he said. "It got pretty big, that's why I wanted to narrow it down. I enjoy it, and I expected it after I got rated four-stars, but I wanted to narrow it down."

With most of his official visits set, Riggs can focus on preparing for his senior season. That's no small time commitment either as two-time defending state champion St. Thomas Aquinas works out every day except for Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the recruitment of Riggs by Notre Dame, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State never seems to take a day off.

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