Rigg has Scarlet Knights in final three

LB Doug Rigg

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) three-star linebacker Doug Rigg is hoping to decide on a college before the end of the season. He is considering two Big East schools and a Big Ten school. He talks about each school, his desired position in college and how this season is going.

Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) three-star linebacker Doug Rigg said he wants to decide between Rutgers, Iowa and West Virginia before the season ends, but acknowledged he may have to wait until it is over.

Rigg, who officially visited West Virginia earlier this month, said he was trying to set up an October official visit to Iowa. He also plans on taking an official visit to Rutgers.

"It's basically down to Rutgers, West Virginia and Iowa,'' Rigg said. "I'm trying to take officials to all three places. Right now it's even so I'm going to take my officials and I'm going to commit after I see what it's like.''

He knows what he is looking for from a football standpoint.

"I'm looking for atmosphere,'' Rigg said. "I want a big game-day atmosphere when it's Saturday, but when it's not game day I want a calm, cool atmosphere, cool players.''

Rigg has seen the three campuses, and Morgantown, W.V., is the freshest in his mind. He took in the Mountaineers' Sept. 12 win against East Carolina.

"I had great time watching the game. The fans were crazy,'' Rigg said. "I was with top recruits from Florida and all that, went in the locker room and met some of the players. It was just a great time spending the night in Morgantown.''

Rigg took an unofficial to Iowa during spring break, and wants to see more of the campus.

"I really liked what I saw with the coaches, the players,'' Rigg said. "I met some recruits down there. I saw the campus, and I really liked it a lot down there.''

Rigg has been to the Rutgers campus plenty of times, including the Labor Day season-opening loss to Cincinnati.

"I've been down there for camps when I was younger for many unofficial visits," Rigg said. "I was down there for their game against Cincinnati, so I've been down to Rutgers a lot.''

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Rigg desires to play outside linebacker in college.

"I like being out in space,'' Rigg said. "I like covering, and I know it sounds crazy for a linebacker to say that. I just like being in space and making plays. I don't really care where I play, but I think I can make plays as an outside linebacker.''

Bergen Catholic began the season 2-0, but dropped a three-point decision to St. Peter's of Jersey City, N.J., over the weekend, and Rigg is getting plenty of action.

In addition to his linebacker duties, Rigg is playing is the Crusaders' top ball carrier. He has a team-leading 25 rushing attempts for 154 yards and one touchdown. And the added wear and tear of playing running back made Rigg alter his offseason training.

"I worked on my speed, and I got bigger so I can take some hits because I'm playing running back this year,'' Rigg said. "Mostly, I was working on my acceleration, my first 10 yards, how fast I could run it in. I did a lot of parachute work, dragging sleds, a lot of things to get my acceleration up so I can get through the hole fast.

"I feel much stronger. My body is not withering down like it did last year. I feel very strong right now.''

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