Texas DE "comfortable" with commitment choice

The race to haul in recruits is still high on the list of priorities for several programs across the state, a Texas school has pulled in another. While on a visit this past weekend, La Vernia defensive end Zeke Riser went ahead and made his choice of where he wants to play ball for next season. TexasPrepInsider's Ahmard Vital talked with Riser to talk about his commitment.

Several factors play a role in athletes making a verbal commitment to college programs. For La Vernia (Southeast of San Antonio) defensive end Zeke Riser, he just had to see it for himself. So Riser made the trip to Houston to watch the Cougars take on Tulane this past weekend and it was all good.

With that said, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Riser went ahead and gave his pledge.

"I actually committed to Houston yesterday," Riser said. "Houston was the only school that offered me and was the first to start recruiting me. They (UH coaches) made me feel so comfortable and the atmosphere was great. It felt right being there with the players and coaches."

As far as the game, Riser said it was enjoyable and the fact that the Cougars were victorious over Tulane (42-14) made it even better. While he was there, he did get some time to talk with coach Kevin Sumlin, his recruiting coach Joe Gilbert, and other coaches on the staff. 

"I liked all of the coaches and they made me feel like I was a part of the program, but when I talked with coach Sumlin, I really liked his outlook," Riser said. "He said that he wants the best players on the field no matter what classification they are. He is not one of those guys who does not play freshmen. 

"Look at the starting running back (Bryce Beall) he is doing well and he is just a true freshman. Putting the best player on the field is something that I really liked about him."

And while Riser was getting to know the coaches, he also ran to a couple of committed players as well. In fact, one of them may end up being a good friend of his by next fall.

"I ran into (Tyler Chambers, a commit from San Antonio Macarthur) and we talked quite a bit while I was down there," Riser said. "I did not know prior to the visit, but before we left we talked about rooming together next year."

Riser said that recently he has been hearing from Arizona, but the Wildcats have not offered. He said he "felt comfortable with his decision." 

He and the La Vernia football team won their district and will take on Goliad this week. Riser has recorded 45 tackles and 10 sacks so far this season.


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