2025 standout inside linebacker, Riley Pettijohn, narrows down his list of potential contenders to twelve.

Riley Pettijohn Narrows Down College Choices to 12 Programs

McKinney, Texas – The nation’s top inside linebacker for the 2025 recruiting cycle, Riley Pettijohn, has officially announced his list of contenders for his commitment. Rivals100 prospect Riley Pettijohn revealed the schools that made the cut with Rivals.com: Florida, Florida State, USC, Texas, Ohio State, Colorado, Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan, Auburn, SMU, and TCU.

Standing at an impressive 6’3″ and weighing 225 pounds, Pettijohn is ranked as the No. 78 overall prospect nationally in his class for next year. Additionally, the defender from McKinney, Texas is considered the No. 15 recruit in the Lone Star State.

Pettijohn, a Syracuse legacy, has continued to excel on the football field following a breakout sophomore campaign last year. He has carried that momentum into the 7-on-7 and camp circuits, and it has translated into his junior campaign.

Throughout the season, the four-star linebacker has been impressive, credited with 74 total tackles and five tackles for loss. He has also contributed with a sack, an interception, and a pass deflection while roaming the second level of the defense.

In terms of his recruitment, out-of-state programs like Florida and USC have made strong impressions on Pettijohn. He has visited both campuses and has teammates Xavier Filsaime (committed to Florida) and Bryan Jackson (committed to USC) who will be attending those respective schools. These connections may weigh heavily in Pettijohn’s decision-making process.

However, closer to home, the University of Texas Longhorns have also caught his attention. Assistant coach Jeff Choate has been leading the charge in recruiting Pettijohn to the program. Additionally, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, and LSU are also in the mix early on in the process.

Looking ahead, Pettijohn has plans to visit USC once again as the Trojans host conference rivals Utah this weekend. Assistant coach Brian Odom is spearheading the recruitment effort for head coach Lincoln Riley’s staff.

With his list narrowed down to 12 schools, it is clear that Pettijohn has a plethora of options when it comes to choosing a college program. Analysts and fans alike will be eagerly waiting to see where he decides to take his talents.

Pettijohn’s choice will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the future of whichever program he selects. His size, speed, and football IQ make him an attractive prospect for any college program looking to bolster their defense. Stay tuned as his recruitment continues to unfold.