Diyral Briggs is a raw TE/DE out of Cincinnati Mt. Healthy who we have featured here on Bucknuts before, and we caught up with him again to get the latest on his summer full of camps and all the important recruiting news.
As many fans may recall, Briggs’ junior season was his first season playing football since middle school. Regardless of his inexperience, Briggs earned offers from Indiana, Maryland, and Cincinnati with offers most likely coming from NC State, Illinois, and West Virginia in the near future.
Since Briggs only has one year of experience under his belt, the 2003 season will play a major role in the decision for many schools to extend him an offer or not. One such program is Ohio State.
Briggs camped at Indiana, Ohio State, and the Nike combine at Virginia Tech this summer. “I liked OSU the best,” says Briggs. “I love their program. The coaches told me to just be patient and not to make a verbal commitment too early.”
Briggs says he performed better offensively at OSU camp this summer. “I did good in the 7-on-7 drills. I really like the TE coach (Bill Conley) at O-State. He was really interested in me,” explains Briggs. Like any player competing to make it to the next level, Briggs has been working on speed and strength. Briggs says he learned a lot of good technique skills at camp and some dieting tips from the coaches on how to gain some weight.
At 6’3”, 215 lbs, Briggs runs a 4.6 forty and will play an equal amount on both sides of the ball this season. With the combination of his rawness and a Mt. Healthy program that has only passed the ball 53 times in the past two seasons, it is difficult to say whether he will be a TE or DE in college. However, according to Briggs, Mt. Healthy has somewhat revamped the offense and will utilize the air assault a lot more this season. This approach could solidify Briggs as TE primarily.
Briggs is interested in a program in which he will be able to start in a relatively short period of time, but he knows he is going to have to work for that opportunity. He says that any program that signs him is getting a player who has a hunger and love for the game and who plays 100% every play.
This season could be a challenge for Briggs because no one expected him to come onto the field and do as well as he did last season as a first year player. “I just have to make sure I am even better this year,” says Briggs.
Coming off a season with 7 sacks, Briggs hopes to more than double that total this season bringing his sack total to 16 for the season.
Briggs is thankful for the inspiration his parents and his coach have given him to play football because he says football has kept him off the streets. Keep an eye out for him this year as his stock will continue to rise.