Corner Has One More Visit Before Decision

According to Ted Riley, the cornerback left West Virginia with an offer in hand. And with just one more visit slated, the plan is to decide just before the Feb. 7 national signing day.

Riley, a 6-0, 185-pound defensive back out of Delray Beach, Fla., visited WVU last weekend with eight other recruits, five of which were from Florida. Currently attending Eastern Arizona Junior College, Riley said Morgantown was exactly what he wanted for a school's location – though he thought the city itself would be more metropolitan, a changeup from most recruit assumptions.

"It was a great campus and a great town," Riley said. "But at first I was shocked. I thought it would be bigger than what it was. When I got there, I saw that it was a college town, which is great for me. If you are a football player and student, that ties hand in hand. There are no distractions like in a larger city and you can focus more on things you need to do."

The redshirt sophomore, out of American Heritage High, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and is the prototypical collegiate corner. He can body up on larger wideouts, and has the size to support the run. He will take a visit to Middle Tennessee State this weekend, then said he plans to discuss his options with his family before making a decision. Riley said immediate playing time isn't a concern – though neither is being with a larger program. Instead, the player is searching for his own personal fit, both in program, academics, surrounding area and with the coaching staff. Riley met with West Virginia defensive backs coach Ton Gibson, the new recruiting coordinator, and came away with legit, no-nonsense answers to his questions.

"He told me we were going to work hard in camp and that he would put the best players out there, the ones he thought he could win with," said Riley, who will major in broadcasting and/or communications. "I'm looking at it like I am competing for a starting spot wherever I go, and at West Virginia, you'll be in there if you are the best man for the job. I see they have three seniors back there, but that doesn't matter as much in this program. They will play who earned it, and I like that."

"The coaching staff was great, and it seemed like the athletic teams and players got great support from the students and the councils in both athletics and in graduating. The facilities are also amazing. I was very impressed with the communications and broadcasting teachers. They seemed like they would do whatever it takes to help you and get you a degree while learning something."

Riley said he would have "a good idea" where he was going after the visit with the Blue Raiders. He has not other teams on his list and will consider the entire package offered. As a starting corner, Riley helped Eastern Arizona to a 7-4 record, including 5-3 in the Western States Football League. Gila Monsters' head coach John O'Meara said Riley can definitely play at the high Division I-A level, but is a unique situation because he would have just two years left in which to play, instead of three, as many junior college players do.

"What has hurt him was his academics," O'Meara said. "He was not done at Christmas time, and so some schools have pulled off because of that. He is already two-for-two (using two years of eligibility in as many years of school plus a redshirt), and most schools want a guy that can come in in the spring. I know he had a great time at West Virginia, though, and he talked a lot about it when he returned."

Riley, who would have two years left to play two seasons, is a three-star J.C. recruit. He said the West Virginia coaching staff told him he would also be playing on at least the kickoff teams for the Mountaineers.

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