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DT Jordon Riley Firms it Up

The in-state pledge took his lone official visit this past weekend.

North Carolina verbal commitment Jordon Riley sent out a surprising tweet late last week. The tweet mentioned intentions to officially visit Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle has since quashed such plans.

"I was talking to my coaches about that and I'm not going to [visit any other schools]," Riley said. "I actually deleted the tweet. I'm not going to take any other official visits. I'm 100 percent committed [to UNC]. I'm just going to chill out for now until I get to UNC."

Riley, who's been committed since February, says the initial decision to visit others wasn't due to ambivalence towards UNC.

"I thought, 'Well, maybe I should take a couple of official visits,'" Riley said. "But once I talked to my coaches, I made the decision not to take official visits any more."

With all that said, Riley took his one and only official visit this past weekend. The visit was his latest in a long line of trips to UNC's campus.

"We got into the school -- like touring the dorms, seeing [the] Loudermilk [Center for Excellence], and seeing how school life would be at UNC," Riley said. "They feed us a lot -- I think I gained about five pounds.

"It was a great experience just knowing the support they have, as far as academics. It's amazing how much they really look out for their players. I look forward to it."

Riley won't have to wait long to enroll at UNC. He says he's on track to graduate from Durham (N.C.) Riverside High School in December and then enroll at UNC in January.

Based on his meeting with defensive line coach Tray Scott, it also won't be long before Riley sees the field.

"He actually taught me a few plays and what they do on their defensive front," Riley said. "He showed me how I would line up in their formation. 

"And you know it's always funny with him. He's a funny guy."

Riley missed the first five games of his senior season nursing a foot fracture. After two games, he's made 15 tackles, including 4.0 for a loss and 2.0 sacks.

"I think I'm back to my groove now," Riley said. "My foot is feeling tremendously better -- it feels like I've never hurt it. 

On Saturday night, Riley had dinner with Larry Fedora.

"He was just telling me how much I've improved since I first went to their camp," Riley said. "He said he's seen a change in me. He told me to just keep grinding in the classroom."

Throughout his stay, Riley was hosted by freshman defensive lineman Tomon Fox.

"He was a pretty cool, pretty down-to-earth type dude," Riley said. "He was just telling me about how it is. He was showing me the ropes and telling me how how they work. He said that training camp was [tough]."

Although he admits he's not the recruiter of Jake Lawler, Riley made sure to get in on the recruiting of Nick Brahms and Jalen Holston, who were also both officially visiting this past weekend.

"I don't know," Riley said. "Nick, I felt like he had a good time and looked really comfortable. I know Jalen liked the visit a lot -- I could tell. He and his family just loved the environment... I really think this visit will really influence a lot."

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