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Talented LB will visit Mountaineers

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Doug Rigg is one of the more talented uncommitted prospects in the state of New Jersey and he has plenty of schools hot on his trail.
West Virginia, Rutgers, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland and Wisconsin are a few of the schools that have extended offers to the 6-foot-1, 220-pound outside linebacker from Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic.
While Rigg's senior season and school year at Bergen Catholic will be here shortly, he isn't done with the recruiting process this summer just yet. He plans on taking at least one more visit before it's time to start hitting the books.
"Friday I'm going to be visiting West Virginia to see them practice," Rigg explained. "It will be my first trip down there. They offered me back in April or May and in the past two or three months they've been recruiting me pretty hard. They've wanted me to come down there pretty bad. They're in my top three so I'm ready to check them out."
What other schools does Rigg have in that elite group at the top of his list?
"I would say probably Iowa and Rutgers. Since I haven't visited West Virginia yet I'm not too high on them, but I'm pretty sure if I have a good visit then I'll be strong on them. It seems like a good school and I like the football program.
"When I went to Iowa the trip out there was really long but I had a great time. The coaches didn't pressure me into anything. They just showed me how it was with the practice and everything. I talked to Shonn Greene and he talked to me about the transition, moving from New Jersey to Iowa.
"I like Rutgers mostly because of the direction they're heading. They're moving way uphill. They're getting much better and really turning peoples heads. I like the way they're doing things."
Rigg said he will probably "take as many official visits as (he) can," so don't expect a decision coming any time in the immediate future.
He also said that while West Virginia, Iowa and Rutgers are at the top of his list, that doesn't mean other schools are out of contention completely.
"Maryland is still in the running," he said. "I'm still looking at schools like Louisville, since they've offered. Pittsburgh wants me to visit, and so does North Carolina. I'm keeping those schools in mind."
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