Riley has TCU on top

TCU signed only one linebacker for the 2012 recruiting class when they landed A.J. Hilliard. With the loss of two linebackers last season and two more at the conclusion of the 2012 season, there is a big need for linebackers in 2013

The Frogs are wasting little time in finding one.

The TCU staff has already verbally offered two 2013 linebackers, both hailing from Louisiana. The latest offer was extended to River Ridge (LA) John Curtis prospect Duke Riley.

"They just came to my school and talked to my coaches after they saw my highlight tape, they said I reminded them of Tank(Carder)," Riley said.

The Frogs are familiar with John Curtis players. After all, the signed Kenny Cain as part of their 2009 class. Riley says he has a good relationship with the Frogs middle linebacker and plans on seeing him when he attends the Frogs' second junior day on February 25th.

"I know Kenny, he really likes TCU. I told him I'm coming up there soon and he told me to come up there and talk to him," he said.

TCU is the third program to offer Riley, who also has offers from Mississippi State and Tulane. Nebraska, LSU, Florida State, Florida and many others are showing strong interest.

Riley attended LSU's junior day over a week ago and like most kids growing up in the Bayou State, he likes the Tigers. Only one problem; the Tigers signed five linebackers as part of their 2012 class and may only take one in 2013. For Riley, he doesn't want to feel like a back-up plan.

"I actually went to LSU's junior day last weekend and they just signed five linebackers (2012 class), we split up into groups and I talked with Coach Chavez, the linebacker coach, and my mom asked how many linebackers they signed last year and how many they're going to sign this year and he said one, maybe two," Riley said. "They're probably going to offer me, but late. Why go somewhere you're not wanted and you feel like a last resort."

Playing time is one of the key factors he's looking at in helping him decide his college destination.

"Depth chart and academics. I don't want to go to school just to play football, I want to get a degree too," Riley said.

Going over the depth chart will be one of the things Riley plans to discuss when he visits TCU in two weeks. The Frogs have already made a good impression and he considers them his early favorite.

"Actually, TCU is one of my favorites, I watched the Rose Bowl and I liked the way their linebackers played," he said. "I also like USC, LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Miami, Nebraska and Texas."

Riley knows that TCU traditionally has one of the top defenses every year under the guidance of head coach Gary Patterson. With the move to the Big 12 next year and the style of play by the linebackers, Riley has plenty to like about the Frogs.

"I know they have one of the top defenses, they're moving up to the Big 12 too and the way their linebackers play, that's the way I like to play," Riley said of why he likes TCU.

As for a commitment, Riley would like to have a decision made by the summer. Does that mean TCU could land an early commitment?

"I want to do it before football season, before the summer. I'm going to do it after spring ball. They're(TCU) at the top, if I'm blown away on my visit I could commit but don't know yet," Riley finished.

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