Wide receiver has been a focus for NC State as it works towards filling out the class of 2016. The Pack hopes to land a couple and Coconut Creek (FL) North Broward Prep's C.J. Riley is one of the top prospects on the recruiting board.
At 6-5, 190 pounds Riley is a long, rangy prospect that showed good hands and the ability to use his size to go over the top of defensive backs during his recent workout at NC State. It was also the rising senior's initial trip to Raleigh and he liked what he saw.
"This was my first time at NC State. I liked the campus- beautiful campus. They have a nice indoor practice facility, practice field. It's a nice state.
"State has been talking to me since the middle of the season last year. They've been talking tome ever since. They really wanted me to get up on campus and I made it (for camp). Coach McDonald is recruiting me. He's a nice guy. He wants me to do my best and pushes me a lot and bring the best out of me."
Nebraska, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh are some of Riley's top offers in addition to NC State. While he's had a couple of stops in North Carolina during the month of June, he'll check out several more schools in July.
"We visited Fayetteville State and camped at NC State but in July we plan to go to Virginia and do all the Virginia schools. I leave July 14th to go to Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Cincinnatti. All those schools have offered."
So who's showing Riley the most interest right now?
"NC State, Pittsburgh and Nebraska are the three showing me a lot of love right now. They're not my top three, though. Everyone is pretty equal right now."
Riley has family ties to Nebraska so they could definitely be a school to watch while Pittsburgh and West Virginia have also been mentioned prominently in the past.
There appears to be no rush to make a decision as Riley plans to take all of his official visits and wait until signing day before making a commitment.
He says he'll be looking for a program that offers his major (Communications) and the team atmosphere when it comes time to make his decision.