UND’s 14th known verbal commitment to the 2013 class is 6’2″-195 pound QB Sam Riddle from Hillsboro, OR. We can’t ever remember a UND player who was originally from the “Beaver State” being on the roster. Riddle was recently named 2012 Pacific Conference Player of the Year and led his squad to the 2nd round of Oregon 6A state playoffs in the state’s biggest class for Century Head Coach Bill Smith. He finished tied for 1st in TDs in the state with 37 and was 2nd in passing yardage with 3,609 yards. Coach Smith had this to say about Sam:
“Sam, like many of our kids, is so hard working. He’s dependable; he’s reliable. And you know with Sam, he’s always going to go 110 percent, he just is. So he’s had a year that he has deserved.”
Smith said Riddle arrives at the gym to lift weights before school. He’s the first player at every offseason camp or workout.
“And if his teammates aren’t there, he has no problem calling them out,” Smith said. “He accepts responsibility and thrives under pressure. I think he always was a leader, he’s just become more of one.”
Riddle is considered an athletic dual-threat QB who ran The Pistol Offense at Century High School. He shows good arm strength and throws a nice deep ball. We consider him to be pretty raw and a project overall as a pocket QB, but he has all the tools needed to get there.
Ranked by Rivals as the #3 QB recruit in Oregon and #1 by most other Oregon publications, Riddle had recruiting interest from Oregon State, Portland State and Linfield.