Donovan Riley, a 6-0, 185-pound corner out of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, was invited to the U.S. Army All-American combine last month, what he called an eye-opening experience. Riley didn't just sit in awe, though. Though he was impressed by the number of prospects there, and the level of competition, Riley felt the need to rise to the challenge.
"I had a ball down there competing against hundreds of kids from across the country," Riley said. "There were different kids, great talent; the one-on-ones were very competitive. It was a well-organized event. I was able to showcase my ability against some of the elite receivers in the country."
Riley was named to the all-defensive team for the combine.
"What I learned, is that there is always room to grow," Riley added. "What my coach says, is that there's always someone else working. When you're asleep on the east coast, someone on the west coast is up, working out. I learned that I can never think that I'm never too good to learn, I'm never too good to take a break." Since San Antonio, Riley has gotten out to a few schools, and has a couple of other unofficial visits set up. He went to South Carolina shortly after getting back from San Antonio.
"I visited there three weeks ago, that was pretty cool," Riley said. "We were able to go to the basketball game, Kentucky and South Carolina. The campus was beautiful. They have beautiful facilities, the coaches were very informative about their weight training and the program, the athletic program, the academic program; academic support, they stress."
Recently, with former Maryland assistant James Franklin taking over at Vanderbilt, Riley has started to hear from the Commodores. He has also heard from Maryland, is expected to have Penn State come by his school this week, and is also looking to take unofficial trips to West Virginia and Rutgers.
Riley camped at Pitt last summer, and took an unofficial trip to Pitt for the West Virginia game, but has not heard from the new coaching staff yet.
"Just some mail, I haven't heard too much from them," Riley said of Pitt. "I spoke with Maryland about their junior day on (February) 20th. I'm going to Virginia on (February) 26th. Penn State is supposed to come by (his school), along with the University of Maryland."