Highly-touted Gallatin running back Spencer Briggs has made his decision on where he will spend the next four years of his football career.
Following an official visit, Briggs announced via Twitter on Sunday, Feb. 2, that he will sign with UNLV on National Signing Day at Gallatin High School.
“I felt like UNLV gave me the best opportunity to be successful not only on the field but in the classroom and life,” Briggs told the Gallatin News. “I thought the official visit went great. Beautiful weather, nice people and the coaches were real with me. I felt comfortable there.”
Briggs is listed as a two-star all-purpose back on his Rivals account and held offers from Toledo, UT-Martin and Tennessee Tech.
“The decision came down to the fit for me,” he said of his decision to join the Rebels. “I was just looking for the best opportunity to play.”
The senior tailback is currently listed at 205 pounds, and with an experienced 1,200-yard rusher in Charles Williams returning to Vegas in 2020, Briggs may redshirt his first year to put on more size.
“For me, it comes down to getting in the weight room and trying to learn their offense,” Briggs said of first-year expectations.
Sadly, UNLV received news Tuesday morning that returning running back Darran Williams suffered a heart-attack during workouts and will be forced to medically retire, according to NBC Sports' John Taylor.
That departure could speed up Briggs’ timeline to see action on the field.
As a senior at Gallatin, Briggs rushed for 1,506 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games. He earned Region 6-5A Most Valuable Player honors, Class 5A Mr. Football Finalist honors, and he was named the All-Sumner County Most Valuable Player by the Gallatin News.
“The brotherhood my teammates and I created will last forever,” Briggs said. “Also, the coaches. I feel like I have a friendship with them for the rest of my life. They care about us and that means a lot.”
The move to Las Vegas is one Briggs is looking forward to, and he said that being that far from home was never a concern of his.
“I know I will have to move out of my parents' house eventually and have my own family, so I might as well get a head start and get comfortable.”
Briggs will major in business once he gets on campus. UNLV finished 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the Mountain West Conference last season.
“I’m truly living my dream,” he added. “I’ve been dreaming about this my entire life. That said, I know I still have to keep working. I have a lot of work in front of me. The grind doesn’t stop.”