Tallahassee, Fla., Rickards High School athlete Marcus Riley has been committed to the University of Louisville football team last June.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound RIley still has interest from plenty of schools, including Florida State, Florida, South Florida, Kentucky and others. But even with those schools still trying to recruit him, Riley tells Cardinal Authority he's "100 percent committed" to U of L.
Riley attended Louisville’s Junior Day two weeks ago and was impressed by the bond between the players on the football team.
"TheJunior Day was fun to me," he said. "I got to meet every coach and they were excited to meet me. I know every team has a great bond but its different with those players.”
One of the major factors in Riley’s commitment to U of L was the proven track record of Tallahassee prospects that played for Louisville.
“Everyone that went to Louisville out of Tallahassee went to the NFL except one person and that was because of a decision he made,” he said.
On the list of Tallahassee players who made the jump from Louisville to the NFL is current U of L running back coach Kolby Smith. He played for the Cardinals from 2003 to 2006 before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith attended high school at Rickards, the same school as Marcus Riley, and has built a relationship with Riley through the recruiting process.
“The way that coach Kolby talks and is always there when I call his phone is what really impressed me,” Riley said.
Riley plays quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back for Rickards and says he told Louisville’s coaching staff that he wants to play both sides of the ball in college.
“They ask me what position I want to play when I get there, and I ask them if it is possible to play both sides of the ball,” Riley said. “They told me yes, if I can come and show that I can play both sides on the college level.”