And now he'll get to spend fall Saturday's in Pasadena, at the Rose Bowl, playing for UCLA, where he committed to on Wednesday.
"The school I'm going to be playing at is UCLA baby," said Riley.
Riley had been a silent commit to USC, doing so when he verballed to former Trojans head coach Pete Carroll. But when Carroll left, that opened things up.
"Coach Neuheisel has been going after me since day one," said Riley. "I was a silent commit to USC on December 18, to Pete Carroll. And I told Coach (Rick) Neuheisel that I was done with the recruiting process. He said good, because now he was going to recruit me harder."
And that paid off for the Bruins.
"I just felt comfortable with it. I live in Pasadena and I'll be playing in front of my home city every week. We have Owa (Owamagbe Odighizuwa), Josh Shirley and Anthony Jefferson, so I'm pretty stoked to be a Bruin," said Riley.
Riley was an UnderArmour All-American and a four-star safety by Scout.com