Well-traveled sophomore

Chris Riddle

While seeking his initial offer, 2015 quarterback Chris Riddle was able to take in a trio of games on unofficial visits this fall. The feedback he got there, coupled with his improvement goals, have the sophomore poised for progress as he inches closer to becoming an upperclassmen.

Chris Riddle transferred schools over the summer and there was an adjustment period once he arrived at Leesburg (Va.) Tuscarora High. Since, he has improved his stock within his team and on the recruiting radar, seeing invites to several games this fall.

Riddle ended up at Boston College, Notre Dame and Georgia within a short span.

"Boston College was more quaint, and smaller than the other schools," he admitted. "The recruiting there was more personal; it felt like the coaches took more interest in you. They basically said they'll keep an eye out for me and follow along as they play.

"I hope the new coaching staff will consider me as a target for the 2015 class."

The experience was completely different in South Bend, home of the eventual National Championship contenders. What stood out the most there was something before the game that has everything to do with the Irish tradition.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder got to follow the team on its walk from the church to the stadium.

"Right after the reflecting pool, the recruits walked behind them and the fans were screaming," Riddle recalled. "One fan told his son that this is the next generation of the Fighting Irish."

That momentum carried over into the atmosphere at Notre Dame Stadium.

"It was crazy," he said. "The whole campus , tradition and the recruiting process at Notre Dame. I really connected with it; it spoke volumes about the school in general. I like that it's a faith-based University.

"I got to talk to Coach [Tony] Alford a little bit, he told me he's going to watch me."

Another program watching the rising name is Georgia. While the experience was different there yet again, the enjoyment was similar for Riddle.

"The facilities, they recently renovated them," he said. "I saw a 15-minute video about it, they're just crazy. It's really nice."

Riddle was provided a personal student host during the visit, and he was able to ask about academics and top majors at the school in addition to its student life. But his focus was on one person during the game.

"Aaron Murray, I try to resemble him," he admitted. "He's a throw-first quarterback but he can still make plays with his feet. To see him in person, it was a really cool thing."

The trio of trips only furthered Riddle's motivation to take the necessary steps to earn a BCS-level scholarship from one of the three schools or any others that may take a chance on him.

"I'm going to work on my strength, footwork and of course throwing," he said. "But what I'm going to work most on is mobility in the pocket and buying time with my feet.

"This offseason will give me a lot of time to get that locked down and get better at it."

Riddle will continue to work with noted trainers in the offseason, as well as compete in as many camps as possibly to further his craft.

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