February 26, 2010

Illinois DE Riley McMinn to visit CMU this weekend

Rochester (Ill.) junior defensive end prospect Riley McMinn (6-foot-7, 220 pounds) is a big and talented prospect to watch from the Land of Lincoln's Class of 2011. McMinn, who is trying to follow in the footsteps of Rochester 2010 quarterback Sean Robinson to the Division 1 level, talks about his latest football recruiting news and much more. Juniors R Us.

Riley McMinn has an early offer from Illinois State.

"I just ended my basketball season this week," McMinn said. "Now it's time for me to get back in the weight room and to really get after it this spring and summer. I'm excited about my senior season and my recruiting has been going pretty well so far."

McMinn, who was named as an all conference and an all area performer for the Rockets and head coach Derek Leonard in 2009. talked about his latest recruiting news.

"I have scholarship offers from Boston College and Illinois State. Boston College just offered me today (Thursday). My head coach (Derek Leonard) called me down to his office after school and told me that BC offered me. I'm going to give the coaches a call over the next few days. I know that Boston College offers a great education and they are also a national program in football. Academics are very important to myself and my family in this process. The Redbirds offered me right after signing day. I've been able to stay in touch with the coaches at ISU and they seem like really good guys. Illinois State is also close to home and that's a positive. I've been getting steady mail from Iowa, Wisconsin, Central Michigan, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois and a few other schools. I grew up as a big fan of the Florida Gators. Florida just has a great program and a great head coach in Urban Meyer."

McMinn, who is an excellent student in the class room (3.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale) talked about his planned course of study in college and much more.

"My grades are pretty solid and I'm planning to take the ACT test in April. I'm planning to major in communications or marketing in college. Those are two areas where I've always had some interest in over the years."

McMinn is also planning to hit the road this weekend.

"I'm going to check out Central Michigan on Saturday for an unofficial visit. On Sunday I'm going to Purdue for a junior day visit, and I also want to get over to Illinois within the next few weeks. I went to Northwestern last year during the end of the season for a game."

So what does McMinn like to do off the field?

"I'm really into music and I also play guitar. I listen to and play a lot of different rock music."

Riley McMinn has a scholarship offer from Illinois State University.

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