Riley Siniard garnering attention

Riley Siniard, offensive lineman from Huntsville, Ala., has a goal to play college football at the next level. He played last fall at 240-pounds, but is up to 255. He is hoping to push 270 before the start of the season. Schools across the region are taking a closer look.

"I have not received any offers yet," said Riley Siniard. "I spoke to a coach from Tennessee-Martin tonight. He said they want to offer me before the start of the season. Samford has told me the same thing."

"I have been talking to Ole Miss a lot. I went there twice for unofficial visits. I am receiving interest from Middle Tennessee, UT-Chattanooga, Samford, Arkansas State, Murray State and Mississippi State."

Siniard has kept in contact with recruiting coach Mike Markuson since his trips to Oxford.

"The visits to Ole Miss were good," he said. "I went down for the first Junior Day. I toured the facilities. I liked it a lot. I got invited back to the spring game. I got to talk more to the coaches. I got to go down on the field. It was really cool."

"Coach Markuson has told me he is going to keep talking to me. He is going to watch me when the season starts. I have put on 15 pounds this off-season, but need to gain about 10 more pounds. I will be better for the SEC. I am 6-3.5, 255-pounds."

Siniard talked more of what he likes about the Rebels.

"First of all I love Houston Nutt," he explained. "He is a great guy all around. I talked to him, and he remembered me by name. He talked to me for about 15 minutes."

"It's in the South. I have friends who have gone there and loved it. Their team is about to be really good. The staff is nice, and the facilities are great. It's a dream school to play at a program like Ole Miss."

Siniard will return to his recruited position for his senior year giving college coaches a chance to watch his abilities for the next level.

"I played left tackle last year, but all the years before I have played center," he said. "I will move back to center this year. That is the position I am getting recruited."

"Whatever I do I do it 110-percent. I get off the ball real well. I have quick feet for my size. I have played all five positions. I pretty much tell everyone what to do. I am a leader."

"I could use a little bit better 40-time. I am trying to gain weight and add muscle mass in my legs. I am supposed to be going into my junior year next year. I don't turn 17 until the end of June. I am going to put on more weight and more muscle."

Siniard does not have a list of favorites, but admits a desire to play in the SEC.

"Really anywhere in the SEC would be nice," he said. "If I was going to play at a smaller school it would be Samford. When I realized I had the chance to play at the next level Samford was the school where I could see myself."

"I had a goal which was Samford, but then I started getting letters from the SEC. I want to play at the next level no matter where it is."

Siniard plans to attend camps at Ole Miss, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Samford.

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