South Columbus (Tabor City, NC) had one player – tight end/defensive end Ethan Farmer (UNC) – sign with a FBS program in last year’s class. It boasts another FBS recruit in the 2011 class in 6-0, 190-pound athlete Brian Riggins . A terrific athlete, Riggins, who can post a vertical leap of 39-inches and ran the 40 in under 4.5 seconds at a Nike Camp, boasts two official offers.
“He has been officially offered by North Carolina and ECU. Virginia Tech told me over the phone that they would offer him, but I haven’t seen an official letter,” South Columbus head coach Jake Fonvielle said. “N.C. State is interested. All of the North Carolina schools have expressed some interest, actually. Then there is Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.”
Riggins says he is “pretty open” right now and does not plan to commit until Signing Day. He discussed the two programs that have offered thus far.
“They are good schools,” Riggins said. “If I had to pick right now, I’d pick UNC. The coaches make you feel at home there. The coaches and the players, I know a lot of them.”
Virginia Tech’s primary contact with Riggins has been in the form of letters. The Tar Heel state standout plans to be in Blacksburg for the Nike Combine in May and is interested in the Hokies if an offer were to come.
“I like their program,” Riggins said of Tech. He wants to make an unofficial visit to Tech as well, and he also hopes to visit Georgia in the near future. He has been to Clemson and N.C. State in addition to UNC. “They have a good football program. I like all the letters I get. It’s just standard stuff, like updates on the school and players.”
There are several possibilities in terms of which position Riggins ends up playing in college.
“All the schools talking to me are recruiting me as an athlete,” Riggins said. “I feel I could play wide receiver or defensive back. I’d play wherever they’d put me. I’ll play anywhere.”
Riggins is accustomed to playing anywhere on the field. It’s what he has done at South Columbus.
“He plays about everywhere for us,” Fonvielle said. “He’ll play some linebacker if we need to fill in at linebacker. He has played cornerback, safety, strong safety…he is...
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