The run of Power 5 caliber tight ends around Nebraska have been impressive lately. It’s a tradition that started with Omaha’s Chris Hickman in 2019. Papillion’s Will Swanson signed with Kansas State in the 2020 cycle. Council Bluffs’ Thomas Fidone and Omaha’s A.J. Rollins have several Power 5 offers in the current cycle.
Next up to continue the tradition is Bellevue West 2022 tight end Micah Riley. Standing at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds ,Riley has the size and athleticism to cause matchup problems for defenses. His offer list is starting to reflect that. Penn State, Missouri, Buffalo and Michigan have all offered in the last couple weeks.
“It's been crazy,” Riley said. “It's kind of a weird feeling because we are in quarantine right now, so everything is at home and it's a different vibe than what we'd normally be doing right now at school. So you know it's just different. It's still very exciting. It's a crazy feeling.”
Riley is trying to find ways to stay busy during the shutdown. He’s been hitting the Bellevue West field as much as he can to get workouts in. His brother Jay Ducker—who is back home from Northern Illinois—also joins in. Those workouts are going two or three hours a day and now he’s starting to train with Xplosive Edge.
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He is also hearing from a number of schools now, one being the home state Huskers. Nebraska offered the 2022 prospect back in February. The communication from area recruiter Barrett Ruud has been constant.
“Coach Ruud, he's a really nice guy,” Riley said. “He loves talking to me and finding different conversations. We will talk about the most random stuff but we connect a lot of ways. Same with [tight ends coach] Coach Beckton. I can't wait to get in the film room with him and start working and talking a little bit.”
Riley believes he would fit in nicely with Nebraska’s offense. The new variable is that the Huskers have new offensive coordinator Matt Lubick. So far Nebraska is saying that change will end up being positive for the tight end position. Riley is not close to narrowing things down but he does plan to commit next summer. He's also on track to early enroll at his school of choice.
He does want to be able to visit all the schools that have offered him once the visit restrictions are lifted. Riley does have some initial criteria that will guide his decision as he starts to explore schools around the country.
“I want somewhere that is going to win,” Riley said. “I want coaches that are honest, people that I connect with every day. But also, a place that guys want to work.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.