Hoosiers land coveted 3-star corner A’Shon Riggins #iufb

Long conversations with Indiana linebacker Marcus Oliver allowed Ohio cornerback prospect A’Shon Riggins to get a good feel for IU’s football program.

Oliver, himself a product of Riggins’ Hamilton High School just outside of Cincinnati, told the young defensive back about the coaching staff, the Hoosiers locker room and all the things an incoming recruit could expect in Bloomington. Those conversations also provided Riggins with, perhaps, the most important piece of information about IU coach Kevin Wilson.

To Wilson, Riggins is a top priority in Indiana’s 2016 recruiting class.

Riggins answered IU’s interest with a verbal commitment on Monday, choosing the Hoosiers over offers from Iowa, Illinois and West Virginia, among others.

“Hearing from Marcus and everything, I was always one of their top guys,” Riggins told The Herald-Times. “That was big for me to know that they really want me and need me. Just knowing that I was one of their top priorities was a great feeling.”

The 6-foot, 160-pound corner is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports. He was selected to last year’s All-Greater Miami Conference First Team as a junior after making three interceptions, which tied him for third in the league.

Riggins has made four visits to Bloomington, including this past weekend when he brought his family for the first time. With their blessing, he committed not long after leaving.

“It’s only two and a half hours away, so my family can come to my games without having to pay for a hotel,” Riggins said. “They can still come back that day. It’s just convenient for my family. I think I’ll fit perfectly in the program. It’s a good feeling.”

Riggins is also excited about working with IU cornerbacks coach Brandon Shelby, who has built a strong relationship with the Ohio native over the last year. Riggins is the sixth player to give Indiana a verbal pledge in the 2016 class, and the third in as many days.

Three-star Florida safety Khalil Bryant committed to IU on Saturday, followed by a commitment from two-star Georgia defensive lineman Allen Cater on Sunday. They’re all joined in the 2016 class by Alabama running back Tyus Flakes and Cincinnati prospects Peyton Ramsey, a quarterback, and defensive lineman Ryan Smith.

Riggins said he already has a relationship with Ramsey from playing in the same area, and that he’s looking forward to meeting the rest of the crew.

“Me and Peyton are starting to build a stronger relationship,” Riggins said. “I got the chance to meet him and talk to him on the 20th. He’s already committed and he was telling me about some of the guys they’re looking at. Another guy committed from Florida over the weekend, Khalil Bryant, so it was good to see the other people that are committed and to see the people they’re trying to recruit.”

3 comments

  1. Another talented young man from the 5-1-3. Well done CKW (coach Joseph) and staff. Go Hoosiers!!!

  2. And with 25 pounds of muscle added to his 6 ft frame, he’ll be ready to play CB in college. He must be very fast. Always good to see IU beat quality football programs like Iowa and WV in recruiting battles.

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