Q&A: Tech’s Newest Commit, Donovan Riley

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Donovan Riley loves to work. He is a workout fanatic. He is an excellent student. All of this paid off in a big way when, earlier this year, he received his first college scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. Connecticut, Pitt and Vanderbilt would follow suit, but the 6-0, 195-pound junior decided to commit to Virginia Tech on April 30. He goes in-depth about his decision in this latest “Q&A” feature.

A 2-year starter on Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s (Baltimore, MD) varsity football squad, Riley had 43 receptions for 900 yards and six touchdowns at receiver last season as a junior. Defensively, he started at corner last season and racked up 46 tackles and six interceptions. Riley excelled on both sides of the ball, but Virginia Tech has offered as a defensive back.

Riley made two visits to Virginia Tech this year, checking out a spring practice and the Spring Game. He committed one week after the latter, though it appears the thought seriously crossed his mind while in Blacksburg on April 23.

“I was feeling real good at Virginia Tech’s Spring Game,” Riley said. “My dad always tells me to not make a decision based on emotion. I waited a couple of days.”


TechSideline.com: How does it feel to know your college future?

DONOVAN RILEY: It feels great. Now that the decision is out of the way, I can move forward and focus on school. It’s great.

TSL: Why Virginia Tech? What was it about Virginia Tech that made you want to commit early?

DONOVAN RILEY: As I’ve said before when I’ve been asked why I decided to commit to Virginia Tech, I have a desire to achieve in academics and athletics. When I visited the first time, I was able to meet with the academic support coordinator, Sarah. My dad and I sat down with Sarah, and we had a bunch of questions about athletes and support. She was able to answer my questions. She