Beaverton (Ore.) quarterback Kevin Riley was one of the last players to be selected to this years EA SPORTS Elite 11 quarterback camp. He had a solid showing at the NorCal Nike camp and then really shined at the final Elite 11 workout in Las Vegas where he was informed he had made the cut. After a strong showing this past week, Riley not only showed he belonged, but could be considered among the nation's top five signal callers.
Riley, 6-1, 195 pounds was one of the least known quarterbacks heading in to the camp, but everyone definitely knew who he was when the camp was over. The college counselors were especially impressed with Riley and named him the third best QB overall and also the quarterback with the best release following the final workout.
Riley shined from the first workout and got better every day. As the counselors noted, he has a lightning quick release and one of the five strongest arms in the camp as well. Riley was also one of two other quarterbacks- Matthew Stafford and Cody Hawkins being the other, that we saw spin it every time and not throw one duck or knuckle ball during the four workouts.
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"I had a great time and learned a lot," Riley said. "I just wanted to come out here and show I belonged and I feel I did that. I know I need to work on some things still, mainly just getting bigger and stronger, but this camp really did a lot for my confidence and I'm looking forward to getting back to my team and working out with them."
Riley committed to Cal over offers from Oregon, Oregon State and Boise State and said the fact the Bears have two talented young quarterbacks in Nate Longshore and Kyle Reed who also attended the Elite 11 back in high school wasn't going to scare him off.
"No matter where I go, I knew there would be competition there," Riley said. "I'm not afraid to compete against anyone and I just really love the offense and Cal and the opportunity to play for Coach Tedford was too much to pass up. I know it's going to be tough but I'm looking forward to the challenge."