Philip Riley | Twitter @Riley18Philip
On Monday night, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish got some fantastic news for its 2021 recruiting class. 4-Star Philip Riley decommited from the USC Trojans and gave his commitment to Notre Dame — again.
— PhilipRileyJr (@Riley18Philip) November 17, 2020
The 6’0” 195 pounder from Valrico Florida originally committed Notre Dame on May 5th, but just four months later he decommitted — only to give his pledge to Southern Cal just a few days later.
Notre Dame cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens never relented, and Riley stayed in contact with the Irish. Rumors started flying around a few weeks ago, as the work Mickens was putting in with Riley was working.
247 Brandon Huffman’s Evaluation:
Physical cover corner with the instincts and technique that is ideal for the position. Technically sound in both zone and man, quickly diagnoses and recognizes routes. Very good ball skills and closing speed. Can cover the slot or outside receivers. Though lacks elite top-end speed, rarely lets his man separate and can stay stride-for-stride with receiver. Projects as multi-year Power 5 starter and third day NFL pick.
This is the 20th commitment for the 2021 class that stays at #11 in the 247 Composite Rankings.
We will have much more about Riley’s commitment and Notre Dame recruiting as a whole this week here on OFD.