The Syracuse University football staff picked up its ninth commit of the 2016 recruiting cycle on Thursday, reeling in Rochester native Taylor Riggins. Riggins was in Syracuse on an unofficial visit when he pulled the trigger on a commitment. The 6-foot-2, 215 pounder is considered an “athlete” but will almost certainly head to Syracuse as an outside linebacker prospect.

Riggins picked up an offer after attending one of the coaching staff’s camps just over a week ago, where he blew away the coaches with his athleticism. Syracuse is the only offer for Riggins, who feels a little similar to Shy Cullen in terms of wowing the staff with his off the charts athleticism for the outside linebacker position.

The long striding Riggins has also played a lot of linebacker in his high school career, and between his size and the way he moves he may wind up reminding Orange fans of another in-state running back turned linebacker who went on to play in the NFL: Doug Hogue.

Syracuse is in line for a potentially huge recruiting weekend, with offensive lineman Sam Heckel on campus, as well as linebacker Zachary Kastenhuber making his decision tomorrow. Brandon Simon, another linebacker, is set to visit on Saturday and decide by Monday. The Orange also recently hosted linebacker Colby Reeder, and he and yet another linebacker, Dymelle Parker, could be looking to commit at any moment.

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