Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards athlete Marcus Riley committed to Louisville on Thursday

Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards athlete Marcus Riley committed to Louisville on Thursday evening

Louisville returned to familiar territory to land a commitment for the 2018 class.

During Bobby Petrino's first tenure as the Cardinals head coach, he and his staff often turned to Tallahassee, Fla., to find athletes that would help guide the program to new heights.  One of Petrino's star running backs, now an assistant on his staff, Kolby Smith was a product of Rickards High School in the Sunshine State's capital city.

On Thursday evening, Petrino and his staff returned to that same school to secure a commitment for the 2018 recruiting class.

Rickards athlete Marcus Riley confirmed his commitment to Louisville with Cardinal Authority and much of it has to do with a relationship built with the former Cardinals back.

"I like how Kolby Smith has been talking to me and about how good I could be for them up there," Riley said.  "He's from Rickards, too, and a lot of people here talk about good of place (Louisville) is."

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Riley plays both quarterback and wide receiver for Rickards, but projects as a slot receiver on the next level.

"I like being a quarterback with the ball in my hand," he said, explaining that he enjoyed watching what Lamar Jackson at U of L last fall. 

Riley also became familiar with Louisville through Cardinal alum Sam Madison.  The former U of L All-American and NFL All-Pro spent time with Riley during former Dolphin's summer 7-on-7 tournament in south Florida.

"I played for his 7-on-7 travel team," Riley explained.  "He told me it was the best place."

He garnered second team All-State honors following his sophomore season.  Florida, UCF, South Florida, Kent State, South Alabama were his other reported early scholarship offers.  Many others, including a number of ACC and SEC programs were expressing early interest.

He'll make a visit with his future school on the weekend of July 15.


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