More quotes from Riley's coach in a Jan 09, 2013 article naming Riley the Capital One New Orleans Student Athlete of the Year... "He's a great athlete who has a great understanding of the game," said Curtis, who led the Patriots to their 25th state championship in the 50th anniversary year of the school his father founded. "He led the defense in terms of setting the tempo and with the kind of attitude he brought to the field." "He's got as much potential as anybody I've ever had at linebacker," said Curtis, whose overall record of 520-54-6 in 44 years features 13 undefeated seasons "He's a physical player who runs extremely well," Curtis said. "Louisiana high school football is as good as any in the country," Curtis said. That being said, Riley was at the forefront of the state's premier team that drew national acclaim thanks in large measure to his efforts.