Riser Set for Junior Day

Schools across the country will be after Curtis Riser in 2012, but the DeSoto High offensive lineman likes Texas and LSU over the field. With Junior Days approaching, the Lone Star State standout has set a date to be in Baton Rouge.

DeSoto High sent both four-star cornerback Adrian White and three-star wide receiver Darius Terrell to Texas in the 2010 class.

That same season LSU grabbed four-star offensive lineman Evan Washington, who enrolled in Baton Rouge a semester early and has since gotten reps at both guard and tackle.

While the Longhorns have since pulled DeSoto offensive guard Marcus Hutchins into this year’s class, Riser’s relationship with Washington has LSU in a favorable position as the final leg of the 2011 stretch plays out.

“I’m really close with Evan, to the point where we talk a lot and he gives me advice on things,” Riser said. “I’m definitely looking at him being at LSU as a really good thing for me. If I picked LSU, having him there with me would be a great bonus.”

While DeSoto High coach Claude Mathis advised Riser to put recruiting on the backburner during the season, a Dec. 4 loss to Stony Point in the state playoffs has him ready to shift his focus.

“I have to start getting ready for track here soon, because I throw shotput and discus,” he said. “I want to squeeze in some visits here over the next couple of months, then in the spring and summer I will do some camps and some more visits to schools I hadn’t seen yet.”

At 6-foot-5, 280-pounds, Riser is being courted by coaches across the map.

“You name the school and I have probably heard from them in some way,” he said. “It could get overwhelming if I didn’t just put it to the side for a while, which is what I’ve been able to do.

“I definitely want to look around and find out about other places, but right now I’m just going to focus on Texas and LSU. Those are the two big schools for me.”

Each year the two programs battle for border prospects, and one of the early judgment days is Junior Day, which both LSU and Texas hold within two weeks after the 2011 signing day.

When the Tigers kick off their activities on Feb. 5, Riser will be in attendance.

“I told the coaches I was coming down for the Junior Day right there after the 2011 signing day, and they were pumped up,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about it. Evan’s going to be over there and I’ll get a chance to meet all the coaches in person. I want to get a feel for the program and campus, because I can definitely see myself there.”

With LSU set to do battle with Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 7, the DeSoto native said that his eyes will be on the Tigers come next Friday.

“There’s no doubt about who I am pulling for,” Riser said. “I’m just happy they are coming over this way to play. I know a lot of people who will be watching it close.

“As for the facilities, I’ve had a chance to get in that new Cowboys Stadium and play, and it’s really nice. It’s something that is pretty crazy as a football player. They talk about that big screen all the time, but it’s just different once you are on the field and you look up at it.”

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