Eric Rivers picks up Wake Forest offer

Eric Rivers became a starter at Arlington Bowie High School this past season and became one of the team's best playmakers rushing, receiving, and even passing for a combined nine touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound slot receiver picked up his first offer last week from Wake Forest. Rivers talked about the latest news here...

"It was last Tuesday when my head coach told me about Wake Forest offer," said Eric Rivers. "Coach Grobe called my head coach and told him they liked me on both sides of the ball, at wide receiver and cornerback.

"I don't know a whole lot about the program. I've played them on the game, NCAA for PlayStation, and like their team on there. I think it's a place I'd have a fair chance of going in seeing some early playing time. I'm supposed to call their coaches and schedule a visit."

Rivers was dangerous every time he touched the ball in 2011 for the Arlington Bowie Volunteers. He rushed for 417 yards on 35 carries for an average of 11.9 yards-per-carry and had five touchdowns. In the second round of the Texas 5A playoffs against Franklin he rushed for 134 yards on just five carries and two touchdowns at a game played at San Angelo Stadium.

"This season was my first on varsity," Rivers said. "It started off a little slow, bit picked up in the middle of district play. I did run a lot of reverses out of the slot. On the season, I had 34 receptions for 360 yards and two receiving touchdowns. I improved this year on my blocking. That's what kept my off varsity as a sophomore."

In Arlington Bowie's last district game against Arlington, Rivers made seven receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown and also added a rushing touchdown. He had two passing touchdowns, one for 54 yards in the Odessa Permian game and one in his big game against Franklin. He's seeing his recruiting interest pick up steam.

"I'm not 100-percent on my Iowa State offer," said Rivers. "They told me they were going to come visit during spring practice and talk with me more then. I'm also receiving interest from Baylor, Texas A&M, and Kansas State. I went to a camp at Kansas State with Steve Wesley and Wesley Thomas last summer and did well. I've been talking to the wide receivers coach, Michael Smith."

Although Rivers says most of his recruiting attention has been at wide receiver he is also getting looks at defensive back and plans on seeing more time next season in the Volunteers' secondary.

"At a five star performance camp at the Gopher Warrior Bowl I got camp MVP at cornerback," Rivers said. "We're starting spring practice in a couple of weeks. I'm going to start at wide receiver and rotate in with the first group at cornerback.

"I'm not sure about what campus I'll visit next. If one invites me, I'll go. I'm looking for a good education and early playing time. I really like Wake Forest, and I'm looking forward to learning more about their program."

Rivers could become the third in his family to play college football. His older brother, Tony Jerod-Eddie, played his senior season this year at Texas A&M. His other brother, Vincent Eddie, is a junior this season at Louisiana-Monroe.

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