Cody Riggs is a defensive back from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. He is one of many elite prospects at St. Thomas Aquinas, especially in the secondary. Riggs starts at one cornerback spot and Keon Payne starts at the other. Their safeties are Lamrcus Joyner (FS) and Brian Robinson (SS). Collectively that has to be the top secondary in the nation.
"Playing with these guys makes you humble," Riggs said. "It has been great. My whole thing is that I just want to contribute my piece to this team, this defense. We were good before and then Lamarcus joined us. We just seemed to click right away."
So where will opposing team throw the ball with a secondary like that?
"I don't expect too many balls my way but they have to throw somewhere."
Riggs, 5-9 and 165 pounds, recorded 25 tackles, 25 pass breakups and eight interceptions last season as a junior. What will he do for an encore this fall?
"I like playing up close, bump and run. I love playing against bigger receivers. My specialty is bump and run. I am a cover guy with good speed and quickness
According to Riggs he has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Notre Dame, FSU, Purdue, Wake Forest, UConn, Ohio State, Pitt, Boston College, Miami, and Duke.
"I really like FSU, Florida, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Michigan.
"I have always been a FSU fan. Peter Warrick was my favorite player. They have a great fan base and I love the environment and tradition at Florida State. They play with great energy and have good academics.
"I also like the energy at Florida. They won the National Championship and they have a great coaching staff. I really like them and their playing style. I also like Charlie Strong.
"Wake Forest is a team that has come into there own. They have a great cornerback (Alphonso Smith) going into draft. They are doing something right and they have won a lot of games. Plus, Wake Forest has great academics.
"One of my uncles went to Notre Dame and they were my first offer. I was really happy about that one. Notre Dame has tradition. I have been to campus. It's beautiful and they have great academics.
"I know two players going to Wisconsin and they have great academics. I heard it's a beautiful campus and city but I don't know too much about them.
"I like everything about Georgia. That was my favorite school early in high school. I just started thinking about them again.
"Michigan has a lot of history and they produce great players. They had a down year. They will be back up. I am not worried about that."
All have offered but Florida, Georgia and Michigan. Riggs has been to the campuses at Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, FSU, Miami, and Tennessee.
Riggs is in the middle of track season and is the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles.