Tallahassee, Fla., three-star athlete Marcus Riley committed to the University of Louisville football team last June.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Riley plays quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back for Rickards High School. He projects as a slot receiver in college.
Louisville running back coach Kolby Smith attended the same high school as Riley and has played a large role in his recruitment.
Riley visited Louisville for Junior Day in March and is a member of Louisville’s 2018 recruiting class featuring five commits, all from the state of Florida.
Here’s a Q&A with Riley:
Cardinal Authority: What did you know about Louisville before being recruited by U of L?
Riley: “I really didn’t know much, but what I did know was that everyone that went to Louisville out of Tallahassee went to the NFL except one person and that was because of a decision he made.”
CA: What was it that set Louisville apart from other schools and made you commit in the early recruiting season?
Riley: “The way that coach Kolby talks and is always there when I call his phone is what really impressed me.”
CA: You visited Louisville for Junior Day what was the visit like?
Riley: “Junior was fun to me. I got to meet every coach, and they were excited to meet me. And I know every team has a great bond but its different with those players. I was impressed with the way the coaches took the time out to ask about how my life is going. They didn't just focus on football.”
CA: How firm is your commitment to Louisville?
Riley: “As of right now my commitment to Louisville is very SOLID. I have picked up a couple more offers, but none of the offers I have picked up lately are going to make me change my mind on Louisville.”
CA: Do you have other visits scheduled? Are you interested in any schools outside of Louisville?
Riley: I wouldn't call it interested in any other school, but I would like to see what the other schools have to offer and I have one visit in mind. I plan to visit Auburn.
CA: Louisville has had success recruiting athletes out of Florida. What is it that attracts Florida players to Louisville?
Riley: “I think it's the offense that they run. I love the spread and read option that Louisville runs. It is exciting to watch.”
CA: Has the Louisville coaching staff told you what position they see you playing at the college level?
Riley: “They ask me what position I want to play when I get there. I ask them is it possible to play both sides of the ball. They told me yes, if I can come and show that I can play both sides on the college level. I can see myself playing on both sides of the ball.”
CA: What position do you hope to play at Louisville?
Riley: “I can’t see myself in the NFL as a quarterback, so slot receiver.”
CA: What are you most looking forward to about playing for Louisville?
Riley: “Their offense is exactly what my high school offense is, so I will already be familiar with the system.”
CA: What have you been working on most this off season?
Riley: “I have been working on my QB mechanics during the offseason just trying to be more prepared for next season”
CA: What are you hoping to accomplish before arriving at Louisville?
Riley: “I am looking to win a high school state championship for the first time.”
CA: What do you think you will to bring to the Louisville football team?
Riley: “I hope to bring the extra explosiveness to the Louisville football team because they are already explosive.”