St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood defensive end Julian Riley has nine offers and appears to be on the verge of a 10.
"I went to camp at Florida a couple of weeks ago and the offer is a technicality. I expect to get their written offer any day,” said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound end with 4.65-second speed in the 40-yard dash. “They were really impressed with me and told me they were going to offer me a scholarship."
Riley has written offers from Iowa State, Kansas State, Connecticut, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, LSU, and Clemson. So, which school has the best chance to land the talented big man?
"Florida is my leader right now. They have basically offered and I loved it when I went up there for camp. They are always in the running for a championship in their conference and nationally. I love the SEC and I like their coaching staff a lot as well."
Although Florida is the leader at present time, that could all change if the right team offered.
"I am a huge Miami fan. I always have been and always will be. I talked to a representative from FlaRecruiting.com a few weeks ago and ever since then Miami has showed a lot more interest. I've checked out their roster and most of their defensive ends are older so they are going to need some in the next couple of years. I think I could have a chance to play early. It would be a dream come true to play there. If they offered they would leap frog Florida as my leader and I would seriously consider committing."
Florida and Miami rank one and two on Riley's list and Boston College, Wisconsin, Clemson, and Pittsburgh round out the top six.
"I'm looking for a place to get a good education first. I want something to fall back on, if I were to get hurt or something. I also want a good atmosphere and a big-time program. Facilities, campus, and a good football family also factor into my decision, I'm going to be there four or five years so I need to make sure I'm happy. I'm going to take all my official visits before I decide."
Riley has had a busy summer, camping at Clemson, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Florida State. He plans to wrap-up his summer tour by attending camp at South Florida. After that Riley says he wants to concentrate on the upcoming football season.