The No. 1 recruit from the Volunteer state since John Henderson is finally on campus in Knoxville.
Gerald Riggs Jr., a running back from Chattanooga Red Bank High School, enrolled in the University of Tennessee on Friday after UT officials learned that the NCAA Clearinghouse had approved his high school transcripts.
Riggs took a Spanish II class at the Sylvan Learning Center after the Winter holiday break that raised his high school grade-point average to the NCAA-mandated level.
A Parade All-American who rushed for 1,725 yards and 27 touchdowns last season at Red Bank, the 6-foot, 215-pounder chose the Vols over Nebraska, LSU, Michigan and many others. He is expected to compete for playing time in the Vols' crowded and youthful backfield, and there have also been rumors about him moving to linebacker.
Riggs is the son of Gerald Riggs Sr., an NFL All-Pro with the Atlanta Falcons who rushed for a franchise record 6,631 yards in the mid-1980s.