The Irish have confirmed Cody Riggs’ plans to transfer to Notre Dame from Florida are now official.
On National Signing Day, Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced Riggs would transfer to another school following his graduation from Florida in May. He will have one year of remaining eligibility at Notre Dame and will be able to play immediately in 2014 under the NCAA’s graduate student transfer rule.
Two days later, ISD reported Notre Dame was the school at the top of Riggs’ wish list. He tried to make a trip up to South Bend last week, but that visit was pushed back because of weather. Riggs made it to campus with his stepfather and uncle on Monday.
The nephew of former Notre Dame receiver Bobby Brown, Riggs played in 40 games for the Gators in four years with the program. He played in just one game in 2012 before fracturing his foot – leaving him with one year of college eligibility. Riggs started his career as a cornerback, but switched to safety in 2013. He was Florida’s fourth-leading tackler with 51, including 10 tackles for loss last season.
In a statement released by the University, head coach Brian Kelly expressed excitement about the addition.
“Cody Riggs is an outstanding player,” said Kelly. “He played a ton of football at Florida having started at both safety and corner back. Cody definitely brings veteran leadership and versatility to our team and defense.
“He will help us immediately but, more importantly, Cody is a great kid with a tremendous focus on both football and academics. His decision to complete his collegiate playing career and pursue a graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame speaks volumes about both our program and University.
Riggs was also quoted in the release.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity,” said Riggs. “I fully intend to make the most of this opportunity by not only giving my absolute best effort, but also leading by example both on and off the field.
“Being on campus, meeting with the academic personnel and interacting with the Notre Dame players helped me dot the I’s and cross the T’s on what has been the toughest decision of my life. I am excited about working hard in the classroom and expanding my professional network in pursuit of a graduate degree from Notre Dame. I am equally excited to contribute on the field and make some big plays to help the team win games.”