Duke Riley Is A Tiger; Other Recruiting Notes

The Chief has a new LB to mold - Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

John Curtis linebacker Duke Riley committed to LSU on Wednesday night.

John Curtis linebacker Duke Riley committed to LSU on Wednesday night when some LSU assistant coaches came to visit. LSU had previously offered Riley as a grayshirt, meaning he could go on scholarship next January; however, Riley held some full offers from schools such as TCU, Ole Miss and Tulane. After an in-home visit from TCU on Tuesday night, Riley committed to the Horned Frogs. That's when LSU countered with their own visit, and gave Riley the full offer he was seeking. He accepted immediately.

I like the addition of Riley to this class. He makes the third linebacker in the class but in a couple of years, it's not a stretch to think that he may be the only one remaining. Many think that Kendell Beckwith is better suited for defensive end. And with Melvin Jones already at the 250 pound mark, he could find himself on the defensive line or elsewhere if he keeps growing and gaining weight. Riley is on the smaller side at 6'1" 210 pounds, but he's exceptionally fast with 40 times listed in the 4.5 range. Here is one first hand account:


Not surprisingly, Riley's best asset is his quickness. He's a fast straight line runner but has good initial quickness too. Riley can quickly scoot through traffic to reach the ball carrier. He should be able to gain some additional weight at LSU and play in the 220 to 225 range. He looks like a nice fit at either of LSU's outside linebacker positions and reminds me a bit of Ryan Baker. He'll also be a natural on special teams, and I wouldn't be surprised if he contributed there right away.

I've seen a little chatter about Riley playing safety at LSU. My personal assessment of that: No Chance. Riley looks like a linebacker all the way to me. The recruiting sites all list Riley as a three star prospect with the exception of ESPN, who rates him as a four star and the #26 outside linebacker prospect in the nation.

We also learned this week that long time LSU commitment Jeremy Cutrer will not be signing with LSU next week. Instead, he'll have to go the Junior College route due to academics. Cutrer was LSU's only true safety prospect in the class, and that certainly explains why LSU was beating the bushes trying to find another one.

Denham Springs defensive tackle Tevin Lawson may be looking at a grayshirt situation due to some academic concerns. While Lawson is reportedly on track to qualify academically, there is some concern over whether the NCAA would accept a couple of his classes he took last summer. Apparently, LSU could have an answer on this before Signing Day in which case Lawson would still sign with LSU. If not, Lawson could either accept the grayshirt or sign elsewhere. We'll have to see how this shakes out.

Not much else going on as we approach the final week of this recruiting cycle. None of the big names that LSU has been targeting the last few weeks seem to be leaning LSU's way. I still think that Rummel tight-end Cethan Carter is a guy to watch over the next six days. He's currently committed to Nebraska but if LSU comes through with a full offer, he could potentially switch to the good guys. Currently, Carter has a gray shirt offer from LSU.

I don't expect any visitors this weekend, but it's possible that junior college defensive end Dontrill Hyman or Georgia cornerback David Kamara could take a trip.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join And The Valley Shook

You must be a member of And The Valley Shook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at And The Valley Shook. You should read them.

Join And The Valley Shook

You must be a member of And The Valley Shook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at And The Valley Shook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker