Riley sets second official

Duke Riley

Duke Riley, three-star 2013 linebacker prospect from John Curtis Christian, set his first official visit to Ole Miss for January. He revealed today that San Diego State, which holds a verbal from Curtis teammate Brandon Porter, will likely be the first program to host the pair of Patriots. In addition, Riley reports interesting news from his multiple recent trips to LSU. What about Tulane?

Duke Riley isn't in a rush to make a decision.

He has four senior teammates at John Curtis, ranked second in the nation by this network, that are Tulane commits: RB Sherman Badie, MLB Eric Thomas, CB/KR Richard Allen and OL Brandon Godfrey.

"Tulane is trying to get me real, real hard, especially now that Sherman committed," Riley said. "I told their coaches like I've told everyone else - that I'm not really worried about recruiting right now. I'm focused on getting that state title."

Curtis won state last year and is sitting at 10-0 entering this weekend's second-round playoff game at North Webster High in Springhill.

Riley and the Patriots, seeded first in Class 2A, will move up to 3A next year along with No. 2 Evangel Christian and No. 3 University Lab.

Riley's former Curtis teammate, Dillon Gordon, is a true freshman tight end at LSU. The Tigers have offered 2014 Curtis prospect Malachi Dupre (four-star WR) and could be close to offering Kenny Young (11th-ranked junior OLB nationally).

What about Riley, who attended LSU's home games vs. South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi State?

"Coach (John) Chavis pulled me to the side at the Mississippi State game and said we need to have more one-on-one time," Riley related. "He appreciated me coming to the game and said he's going to come watch me during the playoffs.

"Coach Chavis said to keep working hard and that he's going to make this (offer) happen. Coach Miles and Coach Frank (Wilson) both told me they have to have me."

Ole Miss and TCU have been at or near the top of Riley's group of favorites for months. He'll visit the Rebels, who have offered Curtis juniors Dupre, Young and cornerback Terrence Alexander, the weekend of January 26th.

He's projected to visit San Diego State with Curtis senior safety Brandon Porter, an Aztecs commit, on December 15th. SDSU coach Tony White is recruiting both Riley and Porter.

"I talked to Minnesota and they said it would be good for me to watch them practice for a bowl game," Riley said.

The Golden Gophers and Colorado are two additional programs that Riley tentatively plans to visit officially.

The senior leads Curtis in tackles and has done so for the past three years. Although Riley has "only" recorded 81 stops in 2012, he has seen little action in several Patriots' blowouts.

Riley registered big numbers in his team's three toughest games, accounting for 12 tackles in the opener vs. St. Paul's, 16 the following week vs. Tampa Plant and 15 the ensuing Friday against East Saint John.

The 6-1, 215-pounder added two sacks in the 34-7 rout of East Saint John, a Class 5A playoff team. He tackled on an interception with a 55-yard return to paydirt vs. district foe Riverside Academy in week five.

The Curtis defense has held four straight opponents scoreless (six of last seven). Carver, with Raheem Falkins and Eugene Brazley at skill positions, posted the most points (14) against the Patriots. Curtis prevailed over Carver on a week six Saturday evening, 48-14.

No opponent other than Carver hit double-digits vs. Curtis.

St. Paul's and East Saint John scored seven apiece and Plant, which entered the game ranked higher than Curtis, managed only a field goal.

Plant was the Sunshine State's 8A champion in 2011.

The River Ridge-based Patriots have captured more state championship trophies than any other Louisiana program. Head coach J.T. Curtis, Jr. is second in the nation in all-time wins.

The Patriots seek to extend their winning streak to 25 games vs. North Webster, which also moves up to 3A in 2013.

Riley pictured below following week three win over East Saint John at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner.

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