Miami recruiting: All-American Tre’von Riggins still firm with Hurricanes
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DE Tre’von Riggins lands early spot in All-America Game
Tre’von Riggins has been close to the Under Armour All-America Game before. The 3-star strongside defensive end from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., got VIP treatment at the game this year, participating in media day for the Future 50 combine then watching the actual game from field level at Camping World Stadium. He already knew he’d be back in Orlando again in 2019 to actually compete in the Future 50.
His ties to the game go back even further, though. Before the Under Armour Game moved to Central Florida in 2016, the annual All-America showcase spent six years in St. Petersburg, Fla., which just happens to be Riggins’ hometown. The defensive end attended just about every year. The last year it was held at Tropicana Field, Riggins even got to take part in an on-field camp before the game.
“”I always wanted to play in it growing up because it used to be in St. Pete and that’s where I’m from, so I used to go to it every year and watch it,” Riggins told DieHards. “I used to dream of being in the game.”
Last week, Riggins got the chance to achieve one of his dreams. The selection committee invited the defensive lineman to the game and Thursday he committed to play in 2020.
— Tre’von Riggins (@VonRiggins) April 5, 2018
Invitations are particularly selective this far in advance, which makes this a lofty honor for Riggins, who 247Sports.com ranks No. 11 at his position in the Class of 2020. It’s also the latest testament to the wild success of Miami’s 2020 class. Riggins, who committed to the Hurricanes on Jan. 10, is the second member of Miami’s 2020 class to commit to the game, joining 4-star athlete Avantae Williams.
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Like Riggins, Williams also received special treatment at this year’s game. The strong safety recently transferred to DeLand (Fla.) High School from IMG, and he got a behind-the-scenes look at the All-America Game with some of his former teammates.
“We’re just on the way to the top,” said Riggins, who recorded 8 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in limited action with the Ascenders’ top team as a sophomore.
While they’re no longer teammates, Riggins and Williams remain close, and continue to be firm in their commitments even though neither has visited in 2018. Riggins may be at the Hurricanes’ spring game Saturday with IMG, although the visit isn’t set in stone yet. A scheduled ACT could mean the Ascenders have to delay their plans.
“The plan was for us to go down there April 14 for the spring game,” but [IMG coach Kevin] Wright told us there’s a lot of people taking the ACT, so I don’t know if I’ll be there.”
He isn’t exactly flirting with other suitors, though. IMG sent a group up to Florida this weekend and Riggins opted to stay home. The Gators once seemed like they might be the biggest threat to flip Riggins, who grew up a Florida fan.
The Gators finally offered Jan. 31 and Riggins told 247Sports’ Jacquie Franciulli he planned to visit Gainesville at some point. Now, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect isn’t sure whether he’ll be there anytime soon.
“I don’t know yet,” Riggins said. “I have to keep looking at it.”
A visit to Coral Gables, Fla., at some point is inevitable, though. Even if Riggins can’t get to Hard Rock Stadium for the spring game, he plans to visit in the summer.
The visit will be a crucial one. Riggins still hasn’t met new defensive line coach Jess Simpson in person, although they have talked a few times on the phone. For now, those conversations are enough to keep Riggins as firm in his pledge as could be.
“We’ve had some conversations,” Riggins said. “He told me that he can’t wait to meet me and everything, and build this relationship. I’m still 100-percent committed. I just haven’t been down there yet.”
USC, UCLA offer Miami commits as slew of prospects visit Los Angeles
One of the major 7-on-7 circuits made its way to Los Angeles this weekend, which brought dozens for major recruits to the USC and UCLA campuses for visits of convenience. While out in California for the adidas National Championship, six Miami commits got a chance to visit the Pac-12 powerhouses. Two players walked away with offers.
The visits began Friday when Rat Pak passed through USC. The Central Florida-based team featured Williams, fellow 2020 pledge Leonard Manuel, and Class of 2019 commits Jeremiah Payton and Marcus Crowley this weekend. Payton walked away with an offer from the Trojans.
— 6For6™ (@paytonsho_) April 7, 2018
While Payton remains locked in with the Hurricanes, USC adds to a loaded offer list for the 6-foot-3, 187-pound rising senior from Fletcher High School (Neptune Beach, Fla.). The Trojans join Louisville, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Rutgers, Oregon and Central Florida as some of the notable programs to offer the 4-star wide receiver.
Although Payton was the only Miami commit to land an offer from USC this weekend, the Trojans already had offered the 2020 pledges for Rat Pak. Both Williams and Manuel, a 5-star wide receiver, claim offers from USC. The Trojans are one of the teams highest on the list for the 6-foot-5, 195-pound pass catcher from Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard.
— LM|||🥀 (@Begreatliltone2) April 7, 2018
The other two Miami commits to compete at the 7-on-7 tournament Saturday were 4-star cornerback Henry Gray and 4-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton, both of whom are 2020 prospects. Gray played with South Florida Express, while Burton suited up for Atlanta-based Hustle, Inc.
Burton, who recently left the Ascenders for Marietta (Ga.) High School, also holds an offer from USC.
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