He is close with Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher though. Take that how you want.
That is true, originating from Saban's tenure at LSU.
I've heard this rumor and have a hard time believing it. At the same time, I don't think that JC is an automatic pipeline to LSU, Bama or FSU. From what I know, JC first and foremost is committed to winning their own games over selling their players to college.
It's fairly common knowledge that JC generally is more of a system oriented program than one that builds around a particular athlete(s). That may change a little if an exceptional player (McKnight, Dupre) is around. But their success at producing impact players in college is far less than their on the field success as a program.
That's not knocking the program at all. In fact, it's a testament to a true team-first concept. In that light I think they do produce well disciplined players who will thrive under the right college coaching.
But I do think that Riley is a hidden gem and it doesn't hurt he comes from Curtis. CLM and FW would be wise to show their face regularly around there.....
This post was edited on 2/6 at 3:34 pm