Will there be another Riggs in UT's future?

Cornerback from Florida is brother of former running back

Tennessee has a strong tie to Cody Riggs.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the younger brother of Gerald Riggs Jr., the tailback who played at UT from 2002-05 and is trying to make the roster of the Detroit Lions with an invite to mini-camp.

Gerald Riggs Jr. lives in Chattanooga and has evaluated highlight tape of his little brother, who he calls a natural with quick feet and an aggressive nature.

"He's damn good," Riggs said of his brother. "He's one of the best players on that team down there. And he's considered one of the best DB prospects in the country.

"He's legit and that's not just because he's my brother. He can bait just about anybody into making throws."

Cody Riggs said he plans to whittle down his long list of college choices to five or eight schools later this month.

"I'm almost positive Tennessee will be in my top five or eight," said Cody Riggs, who plans to visit UT for its summer camp in June.

Cody Riggs said he already knows he likes Neyland Stadium and is especially fond of UT's first-year defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin. Riggs is being recruited by running backs coach Eddie Gran.

Distance from home won't be a factor in his decision, Cody Riggs said, since his mother is a flight attendant. His father, Gerald Riggs Sr. still lives in Chattanooga.

Leaving the Florida schools also seems to be a strong possibility for Cody Riggs, who is considering Florida State more than Florida or Miami.

Cody Riggs said Florida isn't a strong candidate for his services since the Gators haven't shown as much interest as other schools.

"A lot of the teams I plan on having in my top five aren't in the state of Florida," Cody Riggs said.

UT's connection to Cody Riggs could also help the Vols as they try to land three of his teammates at St. Thomas Aquinas.

UT is also recruiting cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, center Brandon Linder and kicker Michael Palardy, but a package deal doesn't seem likely.

"We all have our own interests," said Cody Riggs, who registered eight interceptions, 25 pass deflections and 25 tackles last season. "If we do choose the same school, that would be great but we're all doing our own things."

Gerald Riggs Jr. will offer assistance whenever he can.

Admittedly his knowledge is somewhat limited after UT's coaching change.

"If he wants to ask me for my advice, I'm there for him," Gerald Riggs Jr. said. "That's his decision. As a big brother, I'm going to support him in whatever decision he makes."

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Comments » 40

panties4tebow writes:

Go Vols!

Orangeblood13 writes:

why not my man, come be a part of something special

dbc5361 writes:

It never ends. This Tennessee football team has become the Kings of what could happen, off season champs. The University has pulled off a miracle by making us forget they have had 2 .500 or less seasons in 4 years and have become average. Call me in December and we'll see who's been fleeced.

panties4tebow writes:

It' raining teblow panties!

volsare1 writes:

GET EM BOYS!!! and who cares if im first

tennezz writes:

in response to dbc5361:

It never ends. This Tennessee football team has become the Kings of what could happen, off season champs. The University has pulled off a miracle by making us forget they have had 2 .500 or less seasons in 4 years and have become average. Call me in December and we'll see who's been fleeced.

Hold your breath until we call!!!

98memories writes:

Bring em' home coach.

the10sevol writes:

Eight picks and TWENTY-FIVE deflections last year? Is that a typo? Kid must have the wingspan of Bernard King...

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to panties4tebow:

It' raining teblow panties!

that is funny

jmillran writes:

first...

jmillran writes:

haha jokin! This kid sounds good!

belayvol writes:

Would love another Riggs. Come on up youngster!

bluetick writes:

Just as long as he doesn't have his brothers attitude.

ANGRYWOLF writes:

They need a qb and not another rb...

volstasis writes:

in response to ANGRYWOLF:

They need a qb and not another rb...

He,s a db, not an rb.

old_number1 writes:

in response to tennezz:

Hold your breath until we call!!!

Really good. But what the heck did he say? I still hope he holds his breath 'til then anyway.

VOLinDAWGland writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Coaches recruit areas not positions that they coach. Man the football IQ is getting lower by the day.

tngeoff2 writes:

Good.

CoachFulmer writes:

Reel this kid in.

GO VOLS!

dvhill100 writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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It really does happen too often that typos (simple and silly) are made by the reporters, It seems like we are the editors now and catch their mistakes for them. Less than professional.

dvhill100 writes:

Speaking of typos, put a comma instead of a period. Good thing I am not a professional writer/reporter.

givehim6 writes:

Would like to see another Riggs in orange & white.

old_number1 writes:

in response to givehim6:

Would like to see another Riggs in orange & white.

Me too. But it seems there is now a lot of extra baggage with that family. Gerald jr. did well at U.T., but there were some hard fellings at the end. I think it will turn out to be an Eli- Peyton situation.

InertGas writes:

Sounds good...Come February he Vols should cash in about 25 blue chips.

Vol_atile writes:

What bad feelings did Gerald Riggs Jr. have?

old_number1 writes:

in response to Vol_atile:

What bad feelings did Gerald Riggs Jr. have?

I've heard him on Sport-talk radio show in Chatt. 102.3 fm.(these guys are good and fun!). He's not bitter, but there is a sense of the fact that he was not supported fully by the coaches. Even though he played for Red Bank, I still thought he was cool.

old_number1 writes:

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R.R., from what you posted, I don't think he was getting on you. He was saying KNS needs to be professional and not let all these typos slip through. I agree. You and I can do it, but a newspaper shouldn't.

panties4tebow writes:

Well, I got all the teblow panties cleaned up that must have blew this way from flora da last night! How GROSS! gator4 and dc if you are missing any I took them to the dump where they belong!

ColeTrickle writes:

sounds like a bunch of old women arguing

Waldorf writes:

If he does come, I hope that Kiffin and Compamny don't waste his talent the way Foolmore and friends waster Riggs when he was here.

Good riddance Foolmore.

StroVol writes:

It's raining DB's in Knoxville right now. Gain 200lbs and call back.

Docrok writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Typically coaches are assigned to an area usually one they have a repore or some knowledge of! It would be financially unsound and probably fairly near impossible to assign coaches to recruit their players strictly as one day they may be in FL and the next Washington or Oregon! So a coach is given an area and kids are picked through recruiting staff meetings! Certain recruits may warrant special attention and therefor get the area recruiter and the specific coach or the head coach or Orgeron!

Volunatic writes:

I hope we get him. Help us out with your little brother, Gerald!

Volunatic writes:

in response to old_number1:

I've heard him on Sport-talk radio show in Chatt. 102.3 fm.(these guys are good and fun!). He's not bitter, but there is a sense of the fact that he was not supported fully by the coaches. Even though he played for Red Bank, I still thought he was cool.

Red Bank seems to churn out great athletes, and a lot of them come to UT.
One of the current Lady Vols track stars is from there.

Colliervol writes:

in response to dbc5361:

It never ends. This Tennessee football team has become the Kings of what could happen, off season champs. The University has pulled off a miracle by making us forget they have had 2 .500 or less seasons in 4 years and have become average. Call me in December and we'll see who's been fleeced.

You do realize that's why we changed coaches right? Just wanted to make sure you're awake and not sleeping.

Volunatic writes:

in response to Colliervol:

You do realize that's why we changed coaches right? Just wanted to make sure you're awake and not sleeping.

If Kiffin is successful at all this season, dbc5361 will be giving all the credit to Fulmer.

MarbleVol48 writes:

in response to dbc5361:

It never ends. This Tennessee football team has become the Kings of what could happen, off season champs. The University has pulled off a miracle by making us forget they have had 2 .500 or less seasons in 4 years and have become average. Call me in December and we'll see who's been fleeced.

Thats easy to say now. You may even get alot of non knowledgeable support. Try December 2011 (ah)

old_number1 writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Dang, I should pay more attention. That makes more sense. LOL

BGVOL writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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In recruiting they dont recruit by position coach they assign coaches areas to recruit from.

BroncoVol74 writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Did you know that Gran was the RB coach and not the DB coach? JK...LOL

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