Riley eyes LSU, still committed to State

Co-Eric Riley

Co-Eric Riley, a sophomore at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is one of the top JUCO players in the country. The junior college standout is keeping his options open despite making a verbal commitment to Mississippi State earlier in the summer and that has caught the attention of the LSU staff .

"I'm about 70% sure I am going to Mississippi State," Riley said, "But, I am still looking at some other places, too."

During his inaugural season at Mississippi Gulf Coast, Riley brought in 36 catches for 490 yards and six scores to earn All-Conference and All-State honors.

Prior to this season, he was named a junior college Preseason All-American, as well as the No. 1 player in Mississippi.

Among the schools Riley is keeping an eye on are Tennessee, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and LSU, all of whom have handed him scholarship offers.

"Those schools just stand out to me," he said, "They have good programs, and are pretty close to home, which is a big thing for me."

Talking LSU, he added "They have been with me and recruiting me since high school. I respect that."

Riley said he had been in communication with LSU's wide receiving coach Todd Monken and he expects to hear from him when coaches can begin calling players in September.

He also anticipates talking with head coach Les Miles sometime soon, as he will make a visit to Baton Rouge this fall.

"I am planning on taking an official to LSU, but I don't know when it will be," he said. "I'm also going to go to Ole Miss and Tennessee."

Forming a relationship with the coaching staff will play a big role in Riley's decision, he says, and was a key factor when he committed to Mississippi State.

"I really like their coaches," he said of the Bulldogs, "that was a big thing."

What about the LSU coaches?

"They seem real nice," he said. "Nick Saban was the one that recruited me out of high school and this staff seems to be just as good if not better."

Riley spent this summer working out hard, both on his own and with his team for what he anticipates to be a successful season. He is scheduled to graduate in December and will join his next program, Mississippi State or otherwise, when spring practice opens.

Can LSU pull Riley away from the Bulldogs?

That remains to be seen but the Tigers have given him something to think about.

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