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May 27, 2013

D.J. Riggins looking for that first offer

One of the great mysteries this recruiting season is why has Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian three-star running back D.J. Riggins hasn't received his first offer yet. He's a solid player that does a lot of things right and he's consistently good.

Riggins is the kind of player that the Bulldogs made their living on when they were upsetting the likes of USC and UCLA in bowl games and such. Fresno State is currently taking a long look at the talented running back.

"The previous year I heard Fresno State had a coaching change," Riggins said. "Now, I was able to meet the new coach at the school. The first time I ever talked to him they told me they are really big on me. That was surprising to hear.

"I was very happy about that. They told me they wanted me to come down to their camp so they can see me in person and hopefully when I am there, I can get my offer.

"Quite frankly, I hope Fresno State is my first offer because it is a big school and the community out there is so big on their football team."

Before there was Boise State slaying giants it was that little giant killer from the Central Valley of California that the big guys didn't want any part of. Now Fresno State once again is getting back to that status.

"That is one thing that the Fresno State coach told me," Riggins said. "They have national recognition. Fresno State will play anybody who wants to play them. They're not backing down. If they could they would play the Alabama's or anybody. Fresno State would not hesitate playing anyone."

Players always research schools and have certain requirements they look for in a college. Riggins is no different.

"One the education, and it is great out there [Fresno State]," Riggins said. "The community, which is also great at Fresno State. The football team and the coaches, which is also great. The players, how they interact with me, the community and how they are involved. How other people look at their football team and players.

"Just stuff like that and how easy my family can get there, which Fresno is a short flight."

Riggins knows a little bit of recent Bulldog history.

"I know the San Diego Charger running back Ryan Mathews played at Fresno State," Riggins said. "He's one of my favorite running backs in league. I have listened to his interviews and he has said that Fresno State completely got him ready for the NFL and he's doing great."

In an offense that spreads the ball around all over the place, Riggins rushed for 572 yards on 91 carries while averaging 6.3 yards per carry and scored 10 touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 17 receptions for 127 yards while averaging 7.5 yards per catch and one receiving touchdown.

Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the Fresno State 2014 recruiting class. You can follow us on Twitter at @FresnoDogs.


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