Becomes the Latest Aquinas Raider to Commit to a Division I School
In back to back nights, St. Thomas Aquinas has had a pair of Top 100 rated recruits make their commitments. Thursday Night it was Cody Riggs turn. The Gridironstuds.com member pledged his services to the defending champion Florida Gators.
Riggs burst onto the scene in 2008 when he nabbed eight interceptions and locked down receiver after receiver. This year the interception numbers are not as high as teams have wisely chosen to throw less against Aquinas’ All Star defensive backfield. Nevertheless Riggs has handled his business and has played a strong part on a defense that has only allowed 7.5 points per game. Riggs is leading the team with four interceptions and 10 passes defensed this season. He has 12 career thefts for the Raiders. Aquinas takes on Bradenton Manatee in the semi-final round of Florida 5-A Playoffs on Friday.
There had been much speculation as to whether or not he would or would not get one but he did. Ohio St. finally offered highly touted in-state talent and Gridironstuds.com member Latwan Anderson.
Anderson’s reported 4.29 speed and entertaining highlight video sent him up the charts in recruiting rankings this past spring. While colleges were jumping in making offers for Anderson’s services next Fall, in-state powerhouse Ohio St. hung in the background wanting to see more. More is what they got.
Last week’s Nike 7 on 7 tournament in Beaverton, Oregon hosted some of the best high school football talent in the country and the players did not disappoint.
In the legion of stars on the fields, none shined brighter than Miami Northwestern quarterback and Gridironstuds.com member Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater led his team Miami Vapor Trail to the overall championship with precision passing and great athleticism. Through five games, Bridgewater was 150-103 for 68% completion rate. He totaled 1,739 yards passing and threw 19 TD’s against only one interception. With that kind of performance there’s little wonder why Vapor Trail took home the trophy.
The college football recruiting season is in full swing and on a daily basis, prep football players are making their choices and commitments to programs where they believe they will spend the next four to five years.
Some players have a really clear idea of where they want to go and have known all along while others aren’t quite sure and will be rather cautious with their decision. The latter would describe where St. Thomas Aquinas’ (Ft. Lauderdale) cornerback Cody Riggs stands right now.
After juggling several schools and enduring a lot of pressure from fans, coaches, etc., Lo Wood chose Notre Dame last week over many schools including Michigan. Wood said the campus, large fan base and the desire to be the first man from Apopka to go to Notre Dame as his biggest factors in choosing the Irish. Check out Wood press conference video below courtesy of Rivals Video:
In our second edition of “IN THE PIT” we have matched up two of the best athletes in our Gridironstuds.com Database.
In one corner we have the highly recruited Chris Dunkley out of Royal Palm Bay High School in Royal Palm Bay, FL. There are no small plays with Dunkley. The routine play suddenly turns into a crowd on their feet and women screaming as Dunkley eats up the yardage. Blessed with game breaking speed and a thirst for the end zone, Dunkley found pay dirt 13 times last year and opened up a business where he was contracted to make defenders look stupid for free. At 5’11 169 he plays bigger than those numbers and runs a 4.43 forty but will that be enough…. View Chris Dunkley’s highlight video.