"We are going through spring ball right now," Dietrich Riley told GoBlueWolverine. "Our team is getting after it so we will be ready for this season."
Dietrich is really trying to focus on his upcoming season so that it will be memorable. He has been playing varsit y since his freshmen year, and, with the lessons he has learned from other teams he has been on, he wants this year to be different.
"There were times when I was slacking and other guys were too -- early on when we were younger. Now I am taking more of a leadership role. I lead by example and my work ethic; it is time for a change -- everyone has to buy into the system for us to be successful. This year everyone is hungry. Our team chemistry has really come around; we have really stepped it up in that department."
Riley gives a lot of credit to his high school coaches for the sacrifices they make for the team.
"I appreciate our coaches. They do whatever they can to help us, even though they are taking time away from their families. They love the game of football. And they care about our academics more the football."
With all the work being put in for football you wonder where does recruiting fit in? Well, Dietrich has found a way to juggle both.
"College coaches come to our practices a lot, and what I try to do while they are there is focus on the task at hand and that is practicing hard."
The Michigan staff has been to the St. Francis campus often to see Riley.
"Last week Coach Dews was in to see me."
Afterwards the two of them talked on the phone too discuss more then just football.
"It was great; he is the first coach that had everything prepared to explain the academic side of college. He told me all about their sports management program. That is what I would like to major in."
Yesterday he had another Michigan coach stop in on him.
"Coach Robinson came to see me yesterday. He talked with our coaches. He told them how he liked how I caught the ball and how aggressive I was with the receivers in terms of re-routing them. I would like to take an official visit up to Michigan when I start taking my visits."
Recruiting has really picked up for Riley; he is up to 15 offers after receiving two this week from Cal and Alabama. We asked Dietrich to give us his comment on some of the schools that have offered him so far.
Michigan: "The Big House that is the first thing you think about when you say Michigan. I have family members that live in the city of Detroit. Coach Robinson told me that Michigan is the #1 rated public University in the country -- that was impressive. As far as playing time, I feel like I can come in right away and help put them back in the Rose Bowl."
Washington: "They came to my school with five coaches. I liked that they are recruiting athletes to Washington. They also contact me through email."
Notre Dame: "They are always on national television, they have a great school and a good staff; they are trying to get back on the map."
Arizona State: "Coach Yarbrough has coached some pretty good receivers -- Chad Johnson and T.J. Houzsmanzadah."
USC: "They were my first offer at the end of my sophomore year. They produce all-Americans and they compete fo r national titles. In practice it is hard and fast paced, up tempo; it seems practices are harder than games."
UCLA: "I am a local guy -- they play in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl. My family and friends could come see me play. They have great tradition and it is a great location."
Dietrich Riley is a young man that is very proud of the attention he is getting, but he does not want to let it go to his head.
"I just want to stay humble and make my mom proud of me. I thank God for everything. It is truly a blessing what is happening for me right now."
Riley is not close to a decision but he would like to make it on his mom's birthday: January 23, 2010. He will start focusing on colleges after spring practice ends for him on June 6.
"Making my decision on her birthday is my way of honoring my mom and all she has done for me. After June 6 I will sit down with my family and talk about the likes and the dislikes of some of the schools. I would like to make a few unofficials if I could -- to Oregon, Arizona State, Cal, and to Ann Arbor (Michigan)."
There is an additional reason why he is wanting to make his a decision around that time as well.
"I really want to concentrate on our season this year. I want that to be my focus. Our team is really working hard to have a good season and that is my focal point right now."
Riley is looking for the type of coach to push him to be better in more ways the one.
"I want a coach I can vibe with. I want a coach that is going to keep his word. I want a coach that is honest, respectful, and down to earth, and someone who is going to be there for you."
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