Riley Hoping To Make TCU Game

River Ridge (LA) John Curtis linebacker Duke Riley hopes to make it to TCU's game against Texas Tech on Saturday.

River Ridge (LA) John Curtis linebacker Duke Riley received one of his first offers from TCU back in February. Since that time Riley has added several schools to the mix and as of now he holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tulane, Arizona, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Louisiana, Minnesota and San Diego State.

Riley has already made two trips to TCU's campus, one for the February junior day and another time for a one day camp. He hopes to make a return trip to Ft. Worth on Saturday to catch a Frogs' gameday experience.

Right now, it seems to be all about timing whether or not he will make it.

"I'm trying very hard, I was supposed to come with my dad but he has to work but he said if I come I'd have to come by myself to the airport and I'm just trying to see if I can get a ride," he said. "We have a practice in the morning and I have to see if I can get a flight, it will be hard because I've got to get out of practice first."

"I just wanted to see how it was on game day, but I'll probably catch another one. I just wanted to see the atmosphere on game day."

Riley and his John Curtis teammates have enjoyed a successful 2012 season so far with a 7-0 record. Although the Patriots have allowed just four touchdowns on the year, always striving to get better Riley knows there is plenty of room for improvement.

"We've made a lot of mistakes but everyone makes mistakes," he said. "We're trying to get better and correct our mistakes and with each practice we're trying. We're just striving for the best."

Riley leads the team with 69 tackles on the year and has returned an interception 55 yards for a score. Just as he said for his defense, Riley knows he can make more plays.

"I'm making some plays and turning point plays but I could've made a lot more," he said. "I'm never satisfied to be honest with you; I always think I can do better every game. I always think I can improve at something."

The three-star linebacker says he and TCU safeties coach Chad Glasgow communicate on a weekly basis.

"We communicate every week, he was supposed to be coming down this week but we have a bye this week," he said. "I talked to one of my coaches and he said he may be coming down so maybe I'll get to see him. If I don't, I'll see him when I take an official out there for sure."

Riley says he watches TCU when he gets the opportunity. What's his assessment on the team through six games?

"I've been watching Kenny Cain a lot, that's one of my guys. They're doing a good job on defense, that did bad one game but they adjusted," Riley said.

Another team that has started to show increased interest is LSU. Initially the Tigers told Riley that they might not take another linebacker this class but after a strong camp performance, he's now getting looked at for multiple positions.

"LSU is showing me a lot of interest, I think they may be offering me soon," he said. "But, if they don't offer I have other options. They said they would take me as an athlete because I ran a 4.49 at one of their camps. I was covering guys real good too. They said they would move me to outside linebacker or strong safety. It would depend on if I go there."


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