Yesterday, I talked about Narbonne (Calif.) wide receiver DeVaughn Cooper, who received an offer from the Syracuse University football coaching staff. Today, I figured I’d talk about his teammate – and fellow Arizona commit – Sean Riley.

Syracuse, and its new coaching staff, is looking at an awful lot of skill position players as the 2016 recruiting cycle starts to come to a close. Aside from Cooper, the Orange have also recently offered elite receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, and just this morning offered 6-foot-4 receiver Malik Harrison, a top talent in Ohio who, yes, has an Ohio State offer as well. The Orange have also recently offered Florida running back Jawon Hamilton. And now, there’s a solid chance that an offer could be forthcoming for Riley, an electric athlete from Southern California.

While Riley, who along with Cooper and teammate Cedric Byrd are planning an official visit to Syracuse, played running back for Narbonne it wouldn’t be a stretch for him to transition to more of a slot receiver role at the next level. The 5-foot-9, 165 pound Riley is a thin, speedy player who probably doesn’t currently have the build to hold up as an every down running back at the collegiate level. However, his exceptional speed and quickness make him an enticing prospect. He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands, and could be one hell of a kick/punt returner at the next level in addition to being a guy who catches short passes and makes tacklers miss in the open field.

According to Scout, his estimated 40 time is 4.48, and he certainly looks at least that fast in his highlights. He’s a shifty and agile, and does a great job finding seams and bursting through them with terrific acceleration. His ability to stop on a dime and change direction borders on elite.

Now, would he flip from Arizona to Syracuse? The fact that he’s already planning a visit indicates that it’s possible, and the fact that the rumors coming out of Arizona are that he’s been asked to accept a “grey shirt” – which means he’d postpone his enrollment until the spring semester of what should be his freshman year – certainly leaves the door open. If he gets a scholarship offer from Syracuse, and if he and Cooper enjoy their visit to CNY, I think a flip from the Wildcats is very realistic.

EDIT: Sean has now received an offer from Syracuse

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Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, and has been published on various websites including,,,, and, among others. His work was featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He's got a wife, and a toddler he's brainwashing to love Syracuse. Jeff's a pretty great guy, overall, and would never steal your car. Follow him on Twitter: @jekelish


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