Co-Eric Riley: Pre-Season All-American

Mississippi State football commitment Co-Eric Riley, considered not only one of the top wide receivers in junior college ball, but also one of the top junior college players in the nation overall, was recently notified that he has earned pre-season Honorable Mention All-American honors.

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"I've made (NJCAA) pre-season (Honorable Mention) All-American," said Co-Eric, who is working out every day at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC while taking nine hours of summer school classes.

Although he's firmly committed to Mississippi State, the State coaches aren't taking him for granted. They contact him every week.

"Mississippi State's coaches call once a week. Coach (Melvin) Smith will call sometimes and (head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom will call," said Co-Eric. "They are just checking on me to see how things are going."

Several other colleges are also keeping in consistent contact with him.

"Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Iowa State, Kansas and LSU are still showing interest in me," said Co-Eric. "They still write to let me know I am still on their minds."

Does he have any plans on taking any official or unofficial visits to any colleges other than MSU?

"No sir, not now," said Co-Eric.

He does, however, plan on visiting Mississippi State as often as possible this fall.

"I'm going to try and make every home game," he said.

He's also keeping up with two future teammates of his.

"I keep up with (MSU junior college commitments) Archie Sims and Tim Holloway," he said. "We talk about school and how we are all doing and, hopefully, that we will all be up there in December."

Sims also made NJCAA pre-season Honorable Mention All-American.

They aren't the only ones he's staying in contact with. He also keeps in constant contact with a third cousin of his who is being heavily recruited by the MSU baseball coaches and who may just be the top baseball prospect in the state of Mississippi.

"I talk to (George County HS senior-to-be outfielder) Wendell Fairley every day," said Co-Eric, who also played at George County High. "He talks about Mississippi State everytime we talk."

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