Riley recaps LSU visit

Duke Riley has whittled down his list of suitors with two schools remaining in the hunt following this weekend's official visit to LSU...

LSU holds the lead for Duke Riley, but the Tigers have company.

"My top two are LSU and TCU," said Riley, who visited the Tigers and Frogs this month along with Tulane. "I'm going to make my decision soon.

"The visit was really great. I got to visit with all the coaches and their families. I probably met every player on the team. Dillon Gordon was my host. I was with Dillon and Craig Loston, Ego Ferguson and J.C. Copeland."

Did he forge a bond with the staff and players?

"They showed me a good time," Riley said. "There were like at least 30 players every place I went. I got to visit with Coach Les Miles and Coach (John) Chavis. I don't know how many times they said they want me but they're going to keep saying it until it sticks in my head.

"Coach Chavis told me about the time when he was at Alabama A&M, and the players told him to always keep it real. He asked them what that means, and they told him."

Chavis related the anecdote to his relationship with Riley.

"He said, 'Duke I'm keeping it real,'" Riley recalled. "He said he's been coaching in the SEC for 26 years - and that I can play at LSU. He said, 'I loved you at our camp and want the opportunity to coach you.'"

Riley currently holds a greyshirt offer from the Tigers.

"The coaches said it's a possibility that it could become a 2013 offer, and if a spot comes open that'll be the first thing they do," he said.

"Coach Miles is trying to find a way to get me into the 2013 class. If that happens, he said things are set up to where I really could come in and play in the fall."

During the weekend, Riley spent considerable time with fellow visitors Michael Patterson (Winnfield) and Tevin Lawson (Denham Springs).

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