Four-star cornerback Amir Riep saw his scholarship offer list grow Friday when Notre Dame and Oregon made moves for the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete from Colerain High School in Cincinnati. That’s the same prep program that produced former Irish linebacker Jarrett Grace.
Riep had previous contact with Irish recruiting coordinator Mike Elston but learned of the offer from his head coach, Tom Bolden.
“I feel good,” Riep said. “I’m really excited about both of them.”
Elston hinted an offer could be in the works so Riep wasn’t exactly surprised when it came.
“He was just saying how he loved my film and what a great player I am and all that good stuff,” Riep said. “I’m excited about all my offers. It gives me an opportunity to see the school and look at a great school like Notre Dame.”
Riep plans to attend Junior Day at Notre Dame on March 19.
He’s already attended junior days at Ohio State and Kentucky. Riep also attended the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana last fall.
“That was a great atmosphere and I loved the fan base,” he said.
Riep said he’s wide open and will consider any school that offers.
As a junior, Riep recorded 55 tackles, picked off seven passes and also recovered two fumbles. He was named Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year as well as first team all-district and second team all-Ohio.
First Impressions: Riep has a long frame but he’s not wiry. He excels at man coverage and has a knack for creating turnovers. He forced a pair of fumbles to go with the seven interceptions and two fumble recoveries. His athleticism is apparent, especially when he’s fighting wide receivers for the football in midair. It’s easy to see why some of the schools with the best defenses have extended early scholarship offers. Riep is a lockdown corner with big play ability.
What They’re Saying: "He can play. He has the ideal body a DB coach dreams of. He's tall, long and lean and plays with the physicality of a linebacker,” – Brian Lainhart, head coach of Cincinnati Walnut Hills High School and the former defensive backs coach at St. Xavier High School. Lainhart was a four-year starter at safety for Kent State University and spent time with two NFL teams before beginning his high school coaching career.
Junior Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4027287/highlights/322709376