July 10, 2006

Rebels haven't given up on Riley

While it's uncertain how many wide receivers that Ole Miss will take in it 2007 class one thing is apparently for sure, they haven't given up recruiting one of the better junior college wide outs in the Magnolia state.

Co-Eric Riley committed to Mississippi State in May, but it's the other schools on his list that has apparently been out recruiting the Bulldogs lately.

"I would have to say that Ole Miss and Southern Miss are recruiting me the hardest right now," Riley said Thursday. "They have really turned up the heat and showed me that they really want me a lot. I'm not sure at this point, but I will probably take some trips this fall before signing a scholarship. I'm still committed to Mississippi State we will just have to see how everything plays out."

Riley has already reported to Perkinston MS and is enrolled in the second summer session at Gulf Coast Community College.

"We are working out on our own, getting ready for the fall," Riley said. "We surprised some folks last year, we are ready to have a great team this fall."

It has surprised Riley on how the two instate schools has intensified their recruiting efforts despite his commitment to the other in state school.

"It really has surprised me, but it's a pleasant surprise," Riley said. "It's always good to be wanted and in demand. I plan on having a great season this fall and see what happens."

Coming out of high school Riley an excellent athlete, stood 6-foot-2, weighed 193 pounds, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, and boasted a 34-inch vertical leap. He currently is the same height but has put on seven pounds while not losing any of his speed.

He had more than 900 yards receiving in the 2004 season and another 100-plus yards rushing. He has also added 12 tackles in limited time at corner. He was named the team MVP as a junior in both football and baseball.

At Gulf Coast last fall he had over 500 yards in receptions despite being on a team that featured the run a lot.

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