Riley talks about Minnesota visit plus LSU

Duke Riley

Duke Riley is among the most sought-after uncommitted senior prospects in the nation. Go inside as Riley (John Curtis Christian) discusses his recruitment with details regarding LSU, Tulane and Minnsota. The latter hosted the three-star Louisiana outside linebacker on an official visit over the weekend...

Minnesota made an impact on Duke Riley, who felt the Big 10 love from the Golden Gophers from Friday through Sunday.

"I had a great time," Riley said Monday evening. "They have really good players and people who looked out for me to make sure I had the best weekend possible.

"Their coaches said I'm a great player who would fit their scheme perfectly, and that being from a great program (No. 1 John Curtis Christian) gives me an advantage most freshmen don't have."

The Minnesota staff, while rolling out the red carpet, scored points by not putting on the full-court press for an immediate decision.

"The coaches said they weren't going to put me in a corner and try to force me to commit," Riley said. "They said to make sure it's where I want to be. They said they could tell I was raised a tough kid."

Riley thoroughly enjoyed his weekend at Minnesota.

"A lot of people say you're gonna freeze when they hear you're going to Minnesota," he chuckled. "People think it's the weather but it felt good to me. It was nice out.

"I hung out a lot with Damarius Travis, K.J. Maye and Jamel Harbison. They treated me real good and fed me good. I heard how Minnesota's linebackers coach has 35 years experience; how he's been winning wherever he went throughout his entire career."

Riley had more to say about the visit.

"Minnesota has 48,000 students," he said. "There's a lot to do. They took me ice skating which was a good time."

Any frontrunners for Riley?

"I'm still open," he said. "I'll pick the school that fits me the best. I have an official visit to Tulane on January 19th."

That's currently the next official on Riley's schedule. Four of Riley's Curtis teammates are 2013 Tulane commits, and the group will all visit the Green Wave the same weekend.

Late Thursday night of last week, Riley received an offer from LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson. It's currently a greyshirt offer but no one would be shocked if Riley got a "2013 class" offer from LSU between now and National Signing Day.

The two-time all-state defensive most valuable player talked about his latest conversations with Wilson and Tigers head coach Les Miles.

"Coach Miles wanted me to call him in the A.M. before I left for Minnesota," Riley related. "He congratulated me on the season and said I had a great year.

"He said he knows I'm a great player, and he knows they don't have a lot of spots. He wants me to be a part of the LSU program. Coach Miles said he wants me to run out of that tunnel at Tiger Stadium next year."

Riley isn't dropping any hints about a possible timetable for making a decision, and there's a distinct possibility he'll wait until National Signing Day.

If factors are in play that could conceivably prompt a quicker decision - Riley's not telling...

Riley pictured below during the preseason. Photo by recruiting analyst Steve Robertson.

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