Small Numbers but Big Results

Statistics aren't everything in high school football, a fact that Lake Wales (FL) Senior tight end Davi'on Riley is proving with each new BCS scholarship offer.

Playing in a run-first offense for Lake Wales (FL) Senior tight end Davi'on Riley finished his junior season with seven receptions for approximately 260 yards. His offer list suggests he did much, much more than that.

A standout blocking tight end, Riley claims at least 14 offers, saying his big offers are Duke, Indiana, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, who offered him over the weekend.

"I was excited, just like I was with the rest of them," Riley told Badger Nation about the Wisconsin offer. "It's a blessing. I know they are a power team. There are a lot of big boys up there. It's mostly a lot of speed down here, but they have some speed up there. They also have a tradition up there like we do down here. They love football."

He believes his 6-4 size combined with typical-Florida speed creates a problem for defenses when he is on the field, and feels he can thrive in Wisconsin's offense that loves getting the ball to the tight ends.

"I am one of those tight ends that can cause mismatches whenever I am on the field," Riley said. "I feel I can be a playmaker. I know I can catch the ball, line up and block the ball or go down the field and block if they need me to. I know I can fit that tight end role."

That confidence from blocking comes from workouts. While most kids growing up like to be the guy to catch the ball and score touchdowns, Riley felt the job of blocker came natural to him, especially when he worked on his craft with his dad by doing drills in the backyard.

"I always worked on keeping my shoulders low and square when I am blocking," said Riley. "I've always put a lot of work into it."

Riley says it's too early to have early favorites, saying he is still waiting to see what happens in the future of his recruitment. He plans to take some visits before he makes his decision.

"I am going to a couple camps, but I am going to be focusing on mastering my craft," said Riley. "I want to put on some more weight. I am at 212, so I want to get some more weight while keep my speed at the same time. I want to be the best I can be."


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