Cody Riggs is one of the nation's premier prospects and he plays on one of the country's premier teams. Riggs, 5-9 and 170 pounds, is a Rivals100 member and a four-star cornerback for Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He's to the point now in the recruiting process where he has a top five and he has all five official visits lined up.
"Right now my top five is Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Florida State," Riggs said. "Florida is my leader right now. I love the coaching staff and feel they can really prepare me for the next level. I have a real good relationship with coach (Vance) Bedford. Plus, you can get the great education at the University of Florida. So, it's really a good combination of both football and academics."
As it stands right now, the Riggs (official) visit schedule will be the following; Florida State (vs Miami on the weekend of September 4th), Tennessee (vs UCLA on the weekend of September 11th), Florida (vs Tennessee on the weekend of September 18th), Georgia (vs LSU on the weekend of October 2rd), and Notre Dame (vs USC on the weekend of October 15th).
"I hope to have a decision after my visits. I have already been to all those schools. I camped at FSU, Florida and Georgia. I have been to South Bend for there for their spring game. I have been to Knoxville to watch my brother (Gerald Riggs) play. Now I am just looking at the little things that will be factors in my decision like the players on each team, the campus at each school and stuff like that."
Riggs did recently attend camps at Florida State, Florida and Georgia. He was wowed by all three schools.
"I was really impressed with Georgia. Everyone seems to love coach (Mark) Richt. And I didn't realize just how many guys they have in the NFL. They also have produced some good defensive backs and I also like coach (Willie) Martinez.
"I went to the Showtime camp at FSU. It was impressive to work with guys like Bryant McFadden and Terrell Buckley. I learned a lot and that's a unique thing they have because there are not that many schools have that have that many great NFL players. I mean those guys are all icons. I also think FSU has a great staff and Mickey Andrews has always done such a great job with the DBs.
"I went to Friday Night Lights and worked with coach Bedford. I really enjoy him a lot. Plus, there was some great competition there and I played well. I also ran a 4.3 forty so everything worked out well for me. That was my second camp with Florida this year."
St. Thomas Aquinas will likely be the consensus No. 1 high school football team in the nation. They open up their season in Columbus, Ohio, as they take on Upper Arlington in Buckeye Stadium. They open up their season in the Sunshine State against Boyd Anderson. In what could be one of the most anticipated games of the high school season, Byrnes will travel to south Florida to take on St. Thomas Aquinas on October 2nd."
"It's going to be a great season. The guys are all working hard. We are bigger and a lot stronger. I can honestly say we have never worked as hard as a team then this off-season and we will be better (then last year)."