This evening, however, Riley got good news from LSU during an in-home with recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson.
"Coach Frank said he was going to show me what I get on signing day," Riley said. "He pulled out the paperwork for the greyshirt offer, and then he ripped it up. He said, 'I got something for you. You deserve it. You earned it.'
"He said I was getting the whole scholarship, the real deal. Words can't really describe it - how I feel right now. This is what I've always wanted since I was a kid. Now I got the opportunity, and I have to show what I can do."
Wilson and the LSU staff were taken by Riley's passion for the Tigers.
The 6-1, 215-pounder continued: "Coach Frank said, 'you did everything we asked. We told you to come to camp and you busted your butt at camp. We told you to come to the games last season, and you did that. You came for the junior day and came for the official.'"
Riley led John Curtis to the school's 25th state title in 2012, as well as the national championship.
He's the two-time Class 2A all-state defensive most valuable player and led the Patriots in tackles throughout virtually his entire career.