Team Mississippi: Austin Riley

Desoto Central (MS) High School punter/baseball player Austin Riley, a MSU baseball signee, ends his high school football career at the AL-MS All-Star Game in Montgomery, Alabama Saturday.

  • Name: Austin Riley
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: Desoto Central (MS) High School
  • Position: Punter
  • HT: 6-3, WT: 230
  • Ranking:
  • Schools of Interest: Signed With Mississippi State Baseball

  • "It's a big honor to get to represent my state (in the all-star game)," said Riley. "It has been a great experience meeting all of these new guys."

    Although he will be playing baseball at MSU, he has enjoyed getting to know several future Mississippi State football players who are on the Mississippi squad.

    "I think there are seven players here who are committed to State," said Riley. "I have gotten the chance to bond with them. They are all great guys."

    Riley is the punter for the Mississippi squad. He had a big advantage over most other high school punters due to his dad Mike Riley punting for Mississippi State.

    "My dad went to State," said Riley. "He taught me everything that he knows (about punting)."

    Although Riley is an exceptional punter, he is an even better hitter/pitcher on the baseball field. In fact, Baseball America has him ranked as the 48th best player in the class of 2015. When you add in foreign and college players, he projects as a 2nd to 3rd round draft pick. If that is the case, then Riley will have another decision to make when the Major League Baseball Draft rolls around in June of 2015.

    "I'm just taking it how it is, having fun being a senior, just enjoying my senior year playing baseball and football," said Riley. "When that times come, I'll have to make a decision."

    As is the case with many top prospects who sign with a big-time college program, Riley won't be an easy sign for a pro team if they decide to draft him.

    "It would take life-changing money (to go pro)," said Riley.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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