Naples High School senior Chris Riley is perhaps the unsung star of the Golden Eagles football team despite being overlooked amongst his fellow star-studded teammates. Tennessee-bound Carlin Fils-Aime and Miami-bound Tyler Byrd are the real deal.
So too is the Golden Eagles’ starting safety, punter and punt returner.
Riley has accumulated 34 tackles, six pass break-ups, one caused fumble, 121 all-purpose yards, a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown, and a 44.5-yard net punting average throughout his team’s first six games thus far—including the preseason Kickoff Classic—according to his MaxPreps individual season statistics.
In what was perhaps his best game yet, a 20-14 game one loss to Delray-American Heritage, Riley showcased his hard-nosed tenacity with 17 tackles (11 solo, 6 assisted) to his name. The 6-foot-3 athlete stands out in a big way all over the field.
But Riley’s on-field talents are a product of his team-first approach on and off the field. His demeanor and charisma imitate the Latin term, Semper Fidelis, renowned by the United States Marine Corps as the dutiful motto that means “always faithful.”
As a result, the hard-to-miss prospect has officially been selected for the fifth annual Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which will be played on Sunday, January 3 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The game, which will be broadcasted nationally on Fox Sports 1, will begin at 9:00 p.m (EST).
Riley joins the current 43-man East team as one of only 10 uncommitted players yet to verbal to a college program, and he is one of just five from the state of Florida.
According to Rivals, Riley holds offers from Cornell (Division I-Ivy League) and Eastern Michigan (Division I-Mid-American Conference).
A Marine Corps representative will be in attendance at the Naples High School gym on Thursday, October 8 at 9:00 a.m., to gift Riley with his All-American game jersey.
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