Co-Eric Riley Update

Mississippi State commitment Co-Eric Riley continues to receive serious attention from several colleges despite his commitment to MSU. Co-Eric talks about that attention and his commitment to MSU.

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"I'm still committed to them," said Co-Eric of his commitment to MSU. "I'm still hanging in there with them. I'm hanging in there with them until the end, but my options are open right now. I'm still looking to see where I am going to go."

How firm is his commitment to State?

"I would say my commitment is 80%," he said.

Co-Eric explained why he has decided to keep his options open.

"(Mississippi State's) record and their quarterback issue. I was also upset because they weren't really throwing the ball," noted Co-Eric. "That's why I started backing off of them. They weren't really throwing the ball to (former teammate Tony Burks)."

But he has been pleased with MSU's offensive strategy of late.

"They've just now started throwing the ball. They don't have any trouble throwing the ball to (Tony) now," said Co-Eric. "That's changed my opinion some."

Co-Eric and Tony Burks keep in daily contact.

"Tony and I talk everyday. He talks about how everything is going on around school," said Co-Eric. "He told me to do the best thing for me, but that he would love for me to come up there and play with him."

Since he's keeping his options open, what schools are in his recruiting picture?

"I'm considering LSU, Ole Miss, Miami, Arkansas and Tennessee," said Co-Eric. "I know that I've been offered by LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee. Miami is questionable right now, but I'm being recruited by them. They are sending me letters."

As for official visits, he's already taken one with more planned.

"I've only (officially) visited Mississippi State. I'm also trying to set one up to Ole Miss," said Co-Eric, who plans on visiting MSU unofficially in the next few weeks. "It'll probably be a little after the season. LSU, Miami and Tennessee are also talking to me about setting up visits."

Co-Eric hopes to be a December graduate, but he's not sure if that will happen.

"It might be the spring, but I'm trying to get out in December if I can pull everything off," said the preseason honorable mention All-American selection.

Will MSU hang onto this outstanding playmaker or will one of the other teams pull off a major coup? Keep it on to find out.

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