As a rising sophomore, Chris Riddle is getting a lot of attention and once you have seen film on him, you can understand why. The 6’2, 175-pound quarterback has been carving out a name for himself on the camp scene this summer. He is young, but has been playing the position since he was in grade school. His next level size comes from his grandfather, who peaked at 6’7.
Although he just finished playing freshman ball, he is very aware of the kind of quarterback he is. “I am more of a pocket passer,” Riddle said. “I try to specialize in what I do. Right now, we run a pro-style (offense).”
The University of Minnesota and USC are two college programs that he followed growing up. Why? He lived most of his life in Minnesota and also lived on the West Coast for a period of time. Now, he is rooted in Virginia where he attends Leesburg (Va.) Tuscarora High School.
Despite his childhood favorites, there are not any colleges standing out at this point in the recruiting process. “Really, I am not leaning towards anything right now. Any college that runs a pro-style offense is a really good fit for me. I am not overly excited about any college in particular.”
He added, “I am keeping things open right now, but if there was ever a chance to play for Miami, that would be amazing.”
So, what’s next for the young athlete?
“This next weekend I am going to Atlanta, Georgia for the NUC Ultimate 100 and I believe that is my last camp for the summer,” Riddle said. “I am doing 7-on-7s with my team from there on out. Then, the season starts which is exciting.”
Besides a pro-style offense, he will be looking for a “winning tradition and location” in a college.
While maintaining a 3.2 core GPA in the classroom he finds time to follow some of his favorite NFL quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill.
“I watch the NFL all the time,” Riddle said. “I like Peyton Manning definitely and some of the kids coming out of the draft like Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill. Manning, I like everything really. I try to mirror myself after him.”
Photo credit: VivaLoudoun/Steven Holland 2011