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Florida DB Cody Riggs transferring to Notre Dame

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Fifth-year senior will be an immediate contender to start

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Four years after choosing Florida over Notre Dame as a high school senior, Cody Riggs is headed to South Bend to suit up for the Fighting Irish.

The fifth-year senior cornerback officially announced Wednesday that he will transfer from the Gators and head north to Notre Dame for his final season of eligibility.

After graduating with a degree in Family, Youth and Community Services from the University of Florida this May, Riggs will transfer to play football and work on his graduate degree at Notre Dame.

“Cody Riggs is an outstanding player,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in a statement. “He played a ton of football at Florida having started at both safety and cornerback.

“Cody definitely brings veteran leadership and versatility to our team and defense.”

Riggs played 40 career games for the Gators in the defensive backfield at both cornerback and safety. He saw action in all 13 games as a true freshman at cornerback in 2010, then followed that up by starting 10 games at the position as a sophomore, notching 31 tackles.

Riggs played just two games in the 2012 season, allowing him to apply and receive a medical redshirt. He converted to safety and started all 12 games for the Gators this past season, notching 51 tackles which was fourth on the team.

Riggs also had three pass breakups and was a team captain for three games during the season.

“(Riggs) will help us immediately but, more importantly, Cody is a great kid with a tremendous focus on both football and academics,” Kelly said. “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 is the nephew of former Notre Dame wide receiver Bobby Brown and visited the campus for the Blue-Gold Game and the USC contest in 2009 as a recruit.

He eventually committed to Florida soon after Charlie Weis was fired.

"I am very thankful for this opportunity," said Riggs in a statement. "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."

Riggs was ranked a four-star prospect and the No. 9 cornerback in the country by, a national Internet recruiting service.

Riggs attended high school at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., one of the most high-profile prep football schools in the country and a pipeline school to Notre Dame.

Riggs could contend for the other cornerback spot opposite KeiVarae Russell. There are plenty of available candidates including Cole Luke and Devin Butler, but none that have the playing experience that Riggs possesses.