was a pre-season Dandy Dozen prospect (Clarion Ledger) after he collected
over 1,200 yards receiving and 22 TD's as a junior for George County. Entering
his senior campaign, Riley was tagged as the top receiver in the state of Mississippi.
Did he disappoint? No. Co-Eric's senior campaign saw him collect over 1, 100 yards
and 18 TD's.
The recruitment was surely going to be intense for this talented
young man, but there was one problem, Riley did not have his grades so he decided
to take his talents to the MS Gulf Coast CC.
The Bulldogs had one of the
top juco receivers in the country returning in Tony Burks. Most freshmen would
have taken a back seat to the former Army All-American, but not CO-Eric, as he
became the "go to" guy. In his freshman season, Riley caught 36 passes
for 490 yards and 6 TD's in just 9 games.
The '05 1st Team All-State and
All-Region pick took it all in stride.
"Everything was a lot faster
here than in high school. I had to get a lot stronger. Everybody was like myself,
very talented, so I had put in a lot of extra work on my own time," commented
What makes Riley so special?
"I think it is
how I position myself against the cornerbacks. Every corner I match up with, I
have already watched him on film to breakdown his tendencies. I just go after
his weaknesses. I guess you can say I am a student of the game. My biggest strength
is my one on one match up ability. It is hard to cover me one on one."
there anything that Riley would like to work on?
"Yes, my speed and
and getting stronger."
Has this talented youngster received any scholarship
"USM, MSU, and Ole Miss have."
Who was the first
college to offer?
"MSU offered me after the season."
there anymore colleges in the picture?
"Yes, LSU and South Carolina.
They are recruiting me really hard."
Which colleges are at the top
of Riley's list?
"LSU. Well, I say LSU and South Carolina are my top
schools. I still like USM, Ole Miss, and MSU a little bit too."
does Riley like about each school?
- "I think I would have a good chance to play with all of their receivers
leaving after this season. I would be getting there at a good time."
Carolina - "Steve Spurrier. Who would not want to play under the
best offensive mind to ever coach the game?"
Miss - "That is a pretty good college. One of my old buddies went
to Ole Miss, Trey Fryfogle. He said they got a good receiver program up there."
- "They were the college I always wanted to go to when I was growing up,
but my plans have changed. I am still interested in them, but not highly interested.
But, I am still looking at all of the state schools, just not as hard as I am
South Carolina and LSU. Those two really stand out."
"USM has a good coach. Two of my teammates from George County are at USM
now. My cousin just graduated from there too."
Out of the three state
schools; which one stands out the most?
"Ole Miss. I just think they
have more to offer for me than USM or MSU."
Which college is showing
Co-Eric the most love?
"I say USM because they just send me more stuff
than the other schools."
Has Co-Eric developed a tight relationship
with any of the coaches who are recruiting him?
"I talk to Coach Orgeron
from Ole Miss a lot. I also talk to Coaches Bower and Rodriguez from USM. Coach
Croom from MSU writes me a lot. He is a good coach."
What is each
coach's selling points to Co-Eric?
"Coach O tells me that he needs
a big receiver like me, and they look forward to getting me to coming up there.
Coach Bower said I have been his number one receiver since I came out of high
school. Coach Croom wants to teach me how to become a man."
taken any Spring visits?
"I am going to LSU on Saturday. I went to
USM a couple of weeks ago. I am probably going up to Ole Miss for their Spring
game, but the only practice I have been to so far is USM."
stated that he expects to graduate in December.