The Syracuse University football staff picked up another dynamic playmaker to utilize in the Dino Babers offense today when Narbonne High (California) athlete Sean Riley flipped his commitment from Arizona – where he’d been committed since last March – to the Orange following his official visit to upstate New York.
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— Sean Riley (@seankriley) January 17, 2016
The 5-foot-9, 165 pound Riley is a 3-star prospect with tremendous speed and quickness who told me last week that the Syracuse coaches like his versatility and could utilize him in the slot, the backfield, and in the return game. For now, the chances are he’ll spend most of his time lining up as a receiver, where he’ll be able to use his speed and agility to make plays in the open field.
Last season, Riley rushed for 1,518 yards with an average of 9.3 yards per carry and scored 20 rushing touchdowns while adding 27 receptions for 424 yards and three more scores. He also holds offers from Hawaii, San Diego State, Utah, Arizona State, and Wyoming. Riley was joined this weekend on the official visit by Narbonne teammates DeVaughn Cooper and Cedric Byrd, both of whom could still wind up with the Orange.
Cooper, a 5-foot-11 receiver, is an Arizona commit but could choose to follow Riley in flipping to the Orange. Byrd is a 5-foot-9 receiver and kick returner who doesn’t have an offer from the Orange yet, but one could come later in the 2016 recruiting cycle as we race toward National Signing Day. Cooper caught 67 passes for 1,280 yards – an average of 19.1 yards per catch – and 19 touchdowns, leading the Gauchos in all three categories. Byrd, meanwhile, caught 60 passes for 887 yards and seven touchdowns and added 258 kick return yards and 176 punt return yards last season.
Riley had been asked by Arizona to “greyshirt” – which means either wait until the spring of 2017 semester before enrolling or pay his own way this fall – and that hadn’t sat well with him or his coaches at Narbonne, which is more than likely a big part of the reason he was so ready to flip to the Orange.