Distance does not seem to be an important aspect of the criteria that California RB/DB Dietrich Riley is using to determine what college he will attend. This gives Michigan's head man Rich Rodriguez a chance with one of the top players in the country.
"I like the spread that Michigan runs," he told GoBlueWolverine, "and they are looking for that every down back. I think I can be that player."
Michigan has sent coaches on both sides of the ball to see Riley, and both would love for him to play for them.
"Coach Dews (the wide receiver coach) came out to see me. We have talked on the phone and he is a cool coach; he wants me to play running back or receiver. Coach Gibson came out to see me as well, but he really couldn't talk to me ... but I was glad he came."
The Maize and Blue sending those two coaches to see Dietrich this spring has proven something to him.
"Sending Coach Dews and Coach Gibson out shows that Michigan wants me; I have interest in them as well. Michigan is a school I am looking at possibly taking an official visit to."
Another point in the Wolverines favor is the family he has in Michigan, and they certainly let him know where they would like him to play.
"I have family in Detroit on my mother's side, and they're really bring the pain to me (laughing) about coming to Michigan. It's all in good fun.
They talk to me about how much fun it will be to play in the Big House."
Although Riley has no favorites, Michigan has impressed him quite a bit. But there are other schools that are right in the thick of it as well.
Tennessee, who Riley says is probably recruiting him the hardest and he has family there as well, may be coming at him the most.
"They are sending me about four handwritten letters a day, letting me know just how interested they are in me attending school there."
The other two schools coming at him hard are Alabama and Oklahoma.
"I have family in Alabama, and the coaches tell me they have six defensive backs leaving and I can step in and play right away. Oklahoma came by to see me, and they love my versatility on both sides of the ball."
Dietrich wants to make it clear that he does not have list of favorites, but those are schools that are coming at him strong at this time.
"I am still open to all schools. I want to make the sure I do my homework on all of them."
With teams clamoring for his services, there are more key components than just football that will receive careful consideration in making his decision.
"I want to major in Business management or Communication; I also want a school to help me be a better person and student athlete. It is very important to me to receive my degree, and I want to be apart of a great alumni connection and base."
Riley is a young man that just loves football. You can talk to him about it all day. So I asked him what a school will gain from having him on the team.
"They would be getting a guy that is set on getting a degree first. Then I will bring a certain swagger to the school. I am someone who is coming with the attitude of winning championships; I will be full of pride and loving my school."
When it comes to a decision... that is a little ways off as he is trying to concentrate on his upcoming football season.
"I am looking forward to helping my team this fall and to stay focused on our season. As far as a timetable for a decision, that will be closer to signing day."
The Wolverines have an opportunity for his services ... but there are others right there with him as well.
U-M Still High on Riley's List, so are Others
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