February 14, 2012
Meet Zach Riggs
Wake Forest is working to improve its inline blocking with the signing of Zach Gordon, and now as it pursues Zach Riggs.
However, the Demon Deacons are not the only team showing interest in the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Riggs.
"I think NC State is a leader right now, but they [Wake Forest] are probably second or third," Riggs said. "Wake Forest just invited me to their Junior Day, and I've been getting some e-mails from NC State and Clemson has called a couple of times, so it has picked up pretty much in this last week. I've gotten a couple of letters from Penn State, Vanderbilt, but nothing major just questionnaires."
The Greer (SC) Mann tight end visited Wake last season for its game against Virginia Tech.
"I love their facilities," Riggs said. "It's not as big as Clemson and NC State, but it was nice. I like how everything was compact. The facility is very nice. I like the room they had us eating in, and the coaches are definitely great guys."
Riggs has made two trips to Raleigh, and came away very impressed both times.
"The coaching staff is awesome," Riggs said. "I like their stadium. It's awesome down there on the field with pre-game. Their coaches are class-A guys. They have a pro offense, and that's good for me."
His father Jack Riggs was a standout tight end for Clemson, where he twice received All-ACC honors, and won three ACC championships. The elder Riggs then took his talents to the NFL for seven seasons, as a Cincinnati Bengal and Washington Redskin.
Understandably Riggs grew up cheering for the Tigers.
Riggs appears to not only have taken after his father with an affinity for Clemson Football, but as a player himself.
"I ran some slot this year, but I mainly am more of a blocker," Riggs said. "I'm kind of a big body. I love catching the ball, but I'll play wherever I need to. I block most of the time."
He caught 10 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns as an integral part to Mann's run to the playoffs and 7-4 finish. Riggs said he will also play defensive end next season.
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