Optimism has never been a problem for D.J. Riggins, who has had a fantastic camp and 7on7 circuit this summer but has yet to see his recruitment really take off.
But things could finally be turning for the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian running back as his senior season gets closer.
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The same schools are talking to the 6-foot, 190-pound prospect, but things are sounding more serious lately. After a few games are played in the coming weeks, a few more offers could be on the way.
"We're still just hearing from the same ones and they're all still saying the same things," Riggins said. "The first three games are going to be important. Something big is definitely going to happen after the first or second game, that's what they're all saying.
"Every coach that calls me tells me I'm the next dude to get offered on their chart. They're saying I'm a big priority to all their schools and if they don't get a commitment they want, I'm their next guy. It's kind of a good thing to hear."
Riggins, rated as the No. 50 prospect in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, has already been offered by Hawaii, but numerous Pac-12 schools are showing interest, too.
Oaks Christian, to Riggins' benefit, has a few loaded games early in the season that could help his recruitment. Bakersfield, Upland and West Hills Chaminade are three of four opening opponents and Riggins could see things pick up in a big way by October.
"The schools that are showing the most interest right now would definitely be Utah, UCLA, Oregon State and Hawaii," Riggins said. "Washington is also showing a lot of interest, too."
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