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Thursday, April 18, 2013
RB Riggins waiting for first offer

By Blair Angulo

Running back D.J. Riggins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) has yet to land his first scholarship offer but, in the meantime, the shifty prospect has maintained a dialogue with a number of Pac-12 schools.

“I’m going up to Utah this week and I’m looking for that to be my first offer,” Riggins said. “I have a cousin, Lucky Radley, up there and he told me they are really looking to offer me, so hopefully when I get up there they do. I’m also going to the Oregon State camp. I’ve been talking to coach Mark Banker, who said they really like me up there. Hopefully they offer me. They have a camp down here, but I’m thinking about making it up there for a junior day. They said they were really looking forward to seeing me.”

Riggins was a touchdown machine last weekend at the B2G Elite 7-on-7 passing tournament in Fullerton, lining up in the backfield as well as the slot in a hybrid role. He also has garnered interest from a local school, and been in contact with Washington and Washington State.

“UCLA is another big one,” Riggins said. “Coach (Steve) Broussard really likes me. So I’m hoping to get that offer real soon. They’re talking about how they want me as their F-back and that I look really good at that position. … I’ve been playing running back my whole life but in college level they kind of transition you, based on what your body style, to where you would be best. I played slot in high school this past season, so I don’t think it will be much of a transition. Getting a chance to play for a top-notch program like UCLA, I don’t care what position I’d play. They are definitely one of the schools I would think about committing to on the spot.”

Riggins would prefer to commit before his senior season to eliminate the stress.

“I definitely want to commit before the season,” he said. “Once that first offer comes, the school that offers me first is definitely going to have the step up.”