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2015 Northern Illinois Football Recruiting: LB Joe Riggins talks commitment to the Huskies

NIU landed their 3rd commitment from the Sunshine State on Thursday morning when 3-star recruit Joe Riggins committed to the Huskies.

Riggins will bring some versatility to the Huskies as he played both linebacker and safety at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Florida. Expect Riggins to play linebacker at NIU, although he is capable of playing safety at the next level as well.

Riggins tells us he received an offer from the Huskies on Thursday morning and committed on the spot. Riggins chose the Huskies over reported offers from Akron, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Hawaii, Ohio, and Utah State.

Shortly after his commitment, Hustle Belt caught up with Joe to find out why he chose the Huskies.

"Well I have a good relationship with coach Thaddeus Ward. I also have a couple friends down there it seems as though they're moving in the right direction. I have not visited the campus yet but that's coming up soon and I think with them coaching me and my ability I will be able to play right away."

Joe also talked about some of the goals he wants to accomplish while he's at NIU.

"First I want to get a degree in something, I'm just not sure of what yet. Also, I want to help the team continue its winning tradition. On top of that I have never been outside the state of Florida so I'm looking forward to meeting some new people and hopefully one day seeing some snow!"

Riggins is NIU's 22nd commitment of an impressive 2015 recruiting class. Excited about the Huskies adding another talented recruit from Florida? Check out Joe's highlights via Hudl below: