This weekend marks the first of three straight in which the Syracuse University football staff will be hosting some priority targets for official visits, and among those making the trip for this first post-dead period weekend is Sean Riley. Riley is a 5-foot-9, 165 pound athlete from Narbonne High in California who is currently committed to Arizona but is high on the Orange as he gets ready for his trip.

It will actually be the first trip to the East coast for Riley and his teammates, DeVaughn Cooper and Cedric Byrd, and all three are heading into the official visit with Syracuse high on their lists. Cooper and Riley are both currently committed to Arizona, though the Wildcats staff recently asked the dynamic Riley to greyshirt and delay officially joining the team until the spring of 2017. That could work in Syracuse’s favor as the Orange pursue the talented running back, who projects to slot receiver in the Dino Babers offense.

Riley, who has been in touch with wide receivers coach Kim McCloud, says that the Orange view him as both a receiver and running back in the uptempo, high scoring offense.

“They told me I’ll be in the slot and at running back, which is what I want to do,” Riley told Otto’s Grove. “But based on watching his offense from Bowling Green, it seems there will be a lot of ways to get me touches.”

As a senior last year, Riley rushed for 1,518 yards with an average of 9.3 yards per carry, scoring 20 rushing touchdowns and 24 touchdowns overall, according to MaxPreps. While the speedy athlete is committed to Arizona and has never been to that part of the country, he’s very familiar with Syracuse.

“I believe that’s a great opportunity and a big time conference in the ACC, and it’s a good academic school,” said Riley. “I think everyone knows about Syracuse and the program.”

Riley and Cooper are both hoping Byrd, another lightning quick, 5-foot-9 athlete, will get an offer from Syracuse, in which case he would join both of his teammates in having gotten a scholarship extended by the Orange. Riley also mentioned having talked to Cooper many times about playing together in college (and again, both are currently committed to Arizona) but noted that the prospect of playing together is not a make-or-break scenario.

“I would love to play on the next level with him, and we talk about it all the time that both of us on the same team would be ridiculous, but I can’t make decisions for him so if we end up at different schools, it just is what it is,” said Riley.

Riley mentioned that he’s still taking his time making his final decision, and may not know for sure where he’ll be continuing his career until signing day. For now, he’s looking forward to checking out the Syracuse campus and learning more about the school.

“I’m just really looking forward to meeting the coaches and getting a feel for the campus and the facilities, and check out the Carrier Dome,” said Riley, who said he wants to major in business.

This weekend will be a big one for Syracuse, as the Orange are set to host a number of priority recruits in addition to Riley. The Orange are clearly looking to add speed and playmaking ability on offense, and the California athlete certainly fits the bill. Syracuse currently has 11 commits in the class of 2016, after cornerback Monquavion Brinson tweeted his decommitment earlier tonight.

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