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DT Jordon Riley Joins UNC's 2017 Class

Durham defensive tackle is 2017 commitment No. 6 for the Tar Heels.

North Carolina continued its early 2017 recruiting success on Thursday with a verbal commitment from Jordon Riley.

Riley, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Auburn, East Carolina, NC State, Old Dominion, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.

“He’s a very talented player, but very inexperienced,” Riverside head coach Chris Howell said. “[His sophomore] year was his first year ever playing football – he’s normally been a basketball player… He’s instinctually finding his way. Never playing football, he’s had to get used to the physicality of the game.

“With his basketball background, he plays in space really well, which gives you a good indication on how good his feet are [and] how good his athletic ability is.”

Last summer, Riley was committed to Tennessee for a little over a month. After de-committing, he carried UNC and Tennessee as co-leaders until his commitment to the Tar Heels.

Riley is the sixth recruit to commit to UNC as part of the 2017 class. Of those six, five hail from the Tar Heel state –  J.T. CauthenRyan JonesJake LawlerJonah Melton, and now Riley.

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