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Ohio junior defensive back Amir Riep left Michigan State on Saturday night surprised by what he saw out of the Spartans.

One of the top defensive backs in Ohio for the 2017 class is Cincinnati Colerain standout Amir Riep. Saturday night, Riep made the trip up to Michigan State to see the Spartans play Oregon and came back extremely impressed.

For junior defensive back Amir Riep the recruiting process has just started to speed up as he already holds four scholarship offers and has several other programs showing high interest.

One program following the 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back is Michigan State and Riep got his first chance to check out the Spartans on the big stage.

“Michigan State had a great atmosphere,” said Riep.  “It was a great feeling being on the field when the players came out and a great game.  Michigan State is a school I’m definitely going to be checking out more.”

Leading the way for the Spartans is defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett and Riep is already seeing why the Spartans have become known for their play in the secondary.

“An offer from Michigan State would mean a lot,” he said.  “If you’re a defensive back, that is the place to go as they do a great job of developing their defensive backs.  I spoke with Coach Barnett and he’s a nice man and a great coach.  He said he’s going to keep looking at me and he wished me luck the rest of the season.”

Riep watched the Spartans secondary closely and saw why the Spartans have had great success.

“They had the two interceptions and I like how they play very physical,” he explained.  “You can see that they’ve been taught well and that is why I want to get an offer from them.”

Did anything surprise Riep during his visit?

“I was really surprised by how loud it was,” he said.  “I’ve been to a game at Ohio State and felt it was louder at Michigan State on Saturday night.  Their facilities are great and I liked everything they showed me from the weight room, indoor practice facilities, locker room and stadium.”


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