From all accounts Amir Riep’s recent visit to Michigan State could have only gone better if the sun was shining in East Lansing the day he visited.
“I had a good time at Michigan State,” said Riep. “I would give the visit an “A” overall as I got a tour around the school and a chance to see everything before practice. I spoke with Coach (Mark) Dantonio and the defensive coaching staff as well as watch film with the defensive backs and then watch practice.”
Riep has taken a couple of game day visits with the Spartans, but this visit allowed for a more relaxed and informative visit.
“This time I really got to see the weight room and walk the halls,” he said. “In the past I’ve gone up for games and not really seen that much as everything is hurried. We rode around a little bit and I got to see a lot more of campus.
“I know there is still more to see and there was not that many people out because it was raining. But it was nice.”
While not the first time he’s spoken with the Spartans head coach, Riep got more of a chance to learn what makes Dantonio the coach he is.
“He talked about how I was a key recruit for their defense,” he said. “He also talked about how he was also a defensive back. There was no pressure or anything and this was the longest amount of time I’ve had a chance to talk with him. So it was good to spend time with him and all he said was to make sure I pick a school that best fits me.”
Leading the way for the Spartans from the start has been co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett.
Riep and Barnett seem to be building a solid foundation to their relationship.
“Coach Barnett and I were in the film room and he started to break down my film some,” explained Riep. “We really didn’t talk too much about football as he just gave me a few tips. Then the players started to come in and it was time for practice.”
From the way Riep talks about his practice experience, it seems like he saw a lot of what he liked.
“They showed me how the defensive backs go through practice,” he said. “I really like how the defensive backs and receivers challenge each other one-on-one.”
Riep will not use the next few days to visit some schools in the Southeastern Conference.
“I’m visiting Tennessee on Saturday for their practice and then visiting Florida and Georgia,” he said.