Ohio junior defensive back Amir Riep talks about his new offer from the Michigan State Spartans.

Amir Riep received the news he was hoping to hear on Wednesday afternoon as Michigan State offered the Cincinnati Colerain junior cornerback a scholarship.

At the start of the recruiting process Amir Riep only hoped colleges would extend scholarship offers.  Having already picked up six offer, Riep got word on one program he’s been watching the past few years.

“Coach (Harlon) Barnett stopped by our school today and I saw him talking with our coaches,” said Riep.  “Then I saw him watching me during practice.  It was nice for him to take the time to come out and watch me and I wanted to make sure I showed him it was worth the trip.

“After practice I received a direct message from him to call and when I called he said I have an offer from Michigan State.”

While Riep has yet to speak with Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio, he’s expecting to do that soon.

“I have not talked with Coach Dantonio yet,” he said.  “But I’m to call him later.  I’m really excited about this offer as Michigan State is a great school for defensive backs that go on and compete at the next level.  So I’ve heard a lot of great things about them and I’m really excited.”

While excited about the Spartans offer, Riep also understands it’s early in the process.

“Right now I’m hoping to commit before the start of my senior season,” he said.  “I’ve always thought of Michigan State because I really liked watching Darqueze Dennard and the “No Fly Zone” when he was there.  So when I watched them play Ohio State a few years ago, I could see how their defensive backs impact their team.

“Seeing them develop people and getting them to the next level and then when they get there they are able to get on the field is impressive.  So you can tell Michigan State is doing it right.”


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