Rochester linebacker Taylor Riggins committed to Syracuse after impressing the Orange coaching staff at a camp in June. Riggins says SU had been recruiting him prior to the camp however, so the scholarship offer was not completely out of the blue.
“At the camp I played both tight end and linebacker and I showed the coaches my athleticism…they liked my lankiness and my hips. They had interest in me before…[Chuck Bullough] visited my school multiple times.”
Two weeks after the camp Riggins took a visit to the Hill and then accepted the coaching staff’s scholarship offer. He thought the Orange was a good fit.
“I felt like that was the right place for me. I toured the football facility, then I got to tour the campus and get a better grasp of the school’s academics and I just loved it.”
Riggins has one more year left at the Aquinas Institute high school in Rochester. Orange fans will get a chance to see the linebacker in action this fall; Aquinas opens its season in the Carrier Dome this year.
“Team wise our goal is to win a sectional title and go on to win states. Our home opener is in the Dome, so we’d like to open and close our season in the Dome.”
The linebacker’s local connection to Syracuse played a role in his commitment as well.
“Syracuse has always had a presence in my life since I was little with basketball and football, hearing about it all the time…I can’t wait to get to college.”
Listen to the complete Riggins interview here. The linebacker also discusses what the Orange coaching staff wants him to improve on, what he wants to study at SU and his motivation from only getting one Division I scholarship offer.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette