Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Ohio State lands top prep RB

The Associated Press

        One of the top high school running backs on the West Coast has turned down a scholarship offer from top-ranked Oklahoma in favor of attending Ohio State next fall.

        JaJa Riley, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Mission Bay High in San Diego, has committed to sign a national letter of intent with the Buckeyes.

        “Oklahoma is a nice program, but I think Ohio State's (offense) better suits my style,” Riley said.

        Riley leads his team with 1,400 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns.

        Riley has grown up near the hometown of Michael Wiley, who started for two seasons as tailback for Ohio State before moving on to the Dallas Cowboys.

        Like Wiley, Riley also was pursued by most of the West Coast schools, including Southern Cal and UCLA.

        “Knowing Michael Wiley was from here helped me with my decision a little bit, because it kind of gave me a little motivation to think that if he can come from California and make it there at Ohio State, then I can make it, too,” Riley said.


Sports Stories
Miami braced for visiting Dayton
Kentucky 94, Eastern Ky. 79
NKU 94, Indianapolis 87
NKU women 66, Indianapolis 44
New tennis tourney site discussed
UK's Smith first-team All-SEC
- Ohio State lands top prep RB
Cincinnati boys basketball games
N.Ky. boys basketball games
Cincinnati girls basketball games
N.Ky. girls basketball games
Boys basketball schedule
Girls basketball schedule
Indiana boys basketball scores
Indiana girls basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores
Ohio boys basketball scores
Ohio girls basketball scores
High school results

Bengals short-staffed on draft
Titans like the cold
Reds deny Williamson trade rumors
Villone could return to Reds
Deadline near on Wohlers, Santiago
Stars will miss RedsFest 2001
UC's Ruffin named nation's top place-kicker
Huggins wants McElroy to shoot
Xavier 75, San Francisco 49
Sato up after Wisconsin downer