Tre’Von Riggins honors late grandmother with commitment to Miami
Tre’Von Riggins pledged to Miami on what would have been his grandmother’s 70th birthday.
The new tattoo on Tre’Von Riggins‘ left forearm is extensive. The name “Chaney,” written in gold ink, spreads across the entire base of the arm and below it is a pair of dates. The first is Jan. 10, 1948 — the day Joan Chaney Riggins was born. The second — Feb. 4, 2012 — the date she died.
Almost six years later, on what would have been his grandmother’s 70th birthday, Riggins decided to honor her by accepting a scholarship offer. The 4-star strongside defensive end from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to Miami last Wednesday. Riggins had been pondering a commitment for a little while, and the Hurricanes have made him a priority in their Class of 2020 since the summer.
This, Riggins decided, was the right time to make his decision.
“Today’s my grandma’s birthday and she passed away a couple years ago, so today has been really special,” Riggins told DieHards on Wednesday after he committed. “I felt like I couldn’t wait any longer.”
The sophomore’s decision, however, didn’t come on a whim. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman took his first trip to Coral Gables, Fla., in February for a junior day. Less than two months later, Miami extended a scholarship offer. Riggins returned to campus a week later.
The Hurricanes beat every other major program to the punch with an offer and the early faith left an impression on the defensive end. South Florida offered about a month after the Hurricanes. Tennessee joined a few weeks later.
So far, no one else has left a significant mark on the No. 65 overall prospect in 247Sports’ 2020 rankings.
“Right now I don’t really have a No. 2,” Riggins told DieHards on Jan. 3, a week before he made his pledge. “Miami’s the biggest offer I have, so Miami’s No. 1 on my list right now.”
Throw in the Hurricanes’ budding pipeline from IMG — particularly in the 2020 class — and Riggins’ relationship with wide receivers coach Ron Dugans, and Riggins’ commitment always seemed to be a matter of “when” rather than “if.”
Riggins is already the third Ascender in the cycle to commit to Miami, a group which includes 4-star athlete Avantae Williams, the self-proclaimed leader of the nation’s top-ranked class.
The Hurricanes have made a point to recruit IMG hard. The Ascenders finished the season No. 2 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, and Miami is taking advantage of the in-state program’s success. Brian Hightower, a 4-star wide receiver from IMG, joined the Hurricanes as an early enrollee this month. Miami is positioned well for a number of Class of 2019 prospects, including 4-star guard Evan Neal.
The 2020 class, though, is where the pipeline may finally pay off. The Hurricanes sent coaches to Bradenton in November primarily to meet with Hightower, but also to check in with some of the underclassman targets. Ron Dugans became something of a staple among the Ascenders. Riggins’ relationship with the wide receivers coach became a major factor.
“It seems like it’s just family,” Riggins said. “They just talk and the conversation’s good. They make sure you’re good, they make sure your grades [are] straight. Overall they just care about you as a person, I feel like.”
While this past Wednesday was a date Riggins had pinpointed as a potential decision date for a little while, rumors around Dugans left Riggins uncertain as the day neared. Dugans, who played for Florida State, met with Willie Taggart earlier this month about joining the Seminoles staff as a wide receivers coach.
The day before Riggins hoped to commit, he heard about Dugans’ future. The assistant coach was staying put. Riggins’ commitment plan came together without any worry.
“They were talking about [Dugans] leaving to go to Florida State and everything, and then I saw a tweet saying that he declined the offer,” Riggins said. “That really set it off for me because at first when they were talking about him leaving to go to Florida State I was questioning, so then when he declined the offer and said he’s staying at Miami, that really set it up to make me happy.”
Miami now has the #1 class in 2020.