A silver medal isn't quite enough for LSU signee Duke Riley.
Riley took home two of them at last weekend's State Track Meet, finishing second in the discus and 110-meter hurdles. But even as he was walking off the podium, he could only dwell on the four fouls he threw in the discus, leading to his second-place finish.
But what can you expect from a future Tiger that won two state titles in football at John Curtis? While he was certainly disappointed with not winning gold in track, it's the competition that fuels him in anything he does.
"I know it's not football but I'm excited about getting to come out and compete against anybody at anything," Riley said. "That's what I came out here to do. Days like these, you just get stronger. I just can't wait until June 7 when I report to LSU."
With only a month until he steps foot on LSU's campus as a student, Riley also has his sights set for August 31 — the day he'll first don the purple and gold — and September 7 — when he'll take the field in Tiger Stadium.
"It really hasn't hit me yet," Riley said. "Everybody says it hit them when they first run out of the tunnel. I'm just ready to run out and have a great experience here."
While discussing his future at LSU, Riley also reflected on the path that led him there. Riley held out until the final few weeks before Signing Day, waiting for a full offer from LSU.
He held a greyshirt offer, but admitted he wouldn't have accepted that with other full opportunities from other programs.
"It was really down to TCU and Ole Miss because they offered me full scholarships," Riley said. "I was going to take the full over the grey because I couldn't sit out another year…Coach Frank said he was going to fight for me to get the offer."
And that's what Coach Wilson and Les Miles did. The coaches convinced Riley to reschedule an official visit with Ole Miss in order to make a trip to LSU. That visit only reaffirmed Riley's love for LSU, and days later, Coach Wilson came through with a full offer.
"Just the relationship that we have now, I know I can trust them and they can trust me," Riley said. "I know they're always going to tell me what's right. They want what's best for me."
Now that track is finished, Riley looks forward into getting into the more intense version of strength and conditioning coordinator Tommy Moffit's workout regimen. Riley did say that he's actually increased weight since football season, without sacrificing any speed.
"I haven't been going too hard on the legs because I didn't want to pull anything," Riley said. "I'm actually gaining weight. I'm 215 right now and I was 2015 during football season. I'm gaining weight and getting faster at the same time. I'm just ready to get out there and ball."
His speed is something that made him so attractive to the LSU staff. He played OLB at John Curtis, and that's where he projects in college. But Riley did say the staff may also work him at SS.
"It doesn't really matter," Riley said. "Whatever they want me to play, I'll play. Whatever I have to do to get on the field. If it's special teams, just put me on. I'll play it. I just want to get on the field."
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