Terps on Riley's Mind Early

2012 prospect Donovan Riley has strong interest in College Park and will visit this weekend.

Currently in the early stages of his recruitment, wide receiver and safety Donovan Riley has yet to receive any offers. However, the highly touted prospect has received heavy interest from prestigious programs including Maryland, Connecticut, Pitt, Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Boston College.

The 5-foot-11, 188-pound high school stand out has been in frequent contact with a number of coaches, and has set up visits to Maryland and Virginia for this weekend. On the visits Riley hopes to, “Learn about the football programs, and really understand what the schools have to offer academically,” said Riley. Academics are first and foremost for the recruit, as he expressed the importance of life after football, “I was brought up in a household that stressed academics,” Riley explained. “I want to be somewhere that will challenge me academically and point me in the right direction later in life.”

During the preliminary phases of the recruitment process, Riley has been very impressed with the Terps, “Maryland is a great institution of higher learning. It is a great place to be,” said Riley. In the course of their early conversations, the Maryland coaches and Riley focused mainly on his upcoming visit to the campus, “We really only spoke about my Junior Day visit,” Riley explained. “They told me they looked forward to speaking to me, and getting to know me past the football field.” The new Terps coaching brass has been thoroughly impressed with the recruit’s play in his junior season, as he accumulated 43 tackles, and a team high six interceptions at defensive back, the position that he has been most heavily recruited from.

This past weekend, Riley was at the College Park campus showing off his skills at a showcase combine, “There were a lot of great players,” Riley said. “I think I stood out amongst the defensive backs. I was competing hard all day.” After the recruit showed off his quick footwork, loose hips, and aggressiveness, Riley took a look around the campus, “It is a beautiful campus, everyone is extremely friendly,” said Riley. On his previous visits during football games Riley explained that he, “Loves the committed fans that go to the games.”

On his upcoming junior day visit, Riley hopes to learn more about Maryland’s academic programs, and what they have to offer him as a student, “It’s fairly straight forward what their football team is like,” said Riley. “I want to see how they are going to advance me going forward, and make me a better overall person.” Riley also hopes to show himself past his impressive play and his jaw-dropping 4.5-second 40-yard dash speed, “I want them to know I am a team player first. They need to see the non-football side of me; the regular kids that is just trying to meet his goals.”

It is still early to say where Riley will end up in the end, but the recruit is certain the Terps will continue to be in the hunt, “They are definitely a school I am going to be seriously be considering until the end,” said Riley.

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