Redshirt freshman Zach Riggs, who came to Clemson hoping to follow in his dad's footsteps as a Tiger tight end, will instead work at center this spring, Riggs announced on his Twitter page.
"It's official I have a career change," Riggs wrote. "I am now a center! #OL #54"
The 6-4, 240-pound Riggs accepted a Clemson offer as a preferred walk-on last year and worked on the Tiger scout team as a first-year freshman.
In high school, Riggs starred at J.L. Mann High in Greenville, S.C. As a senior tight end, he had 34 catches for 600 receiving yards and four touchdowns. As a junior, he had 12 catches for 286 yards and a pair of scores.
Riggs' father, Jim, was a four-year letterman at Clemson from 1983-86 and was a two-time first-team All-ACC tight end. He played seven seasons (1987-93) in the NFL with Cincinnati and Washington.
With Riggs' move to center, tight ends coach Danny Pearman will still have plenty of competition this spring, with Sam Cooper, Stanton Seckinger, Jordan Leggett, Jay Jay McCullough, Sean Mac Lain and D.J. Greenlee working at the position. The Tigers will get another boost next summer when Milan Richard and Cannon Smith, ESPN's No. 2 and 3 tight ends in the 2014 recruiting class, arrive.