ND's Geeked Up About Riley

Dietrich Riley is looking forward to his upcoming conversation with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.

On Friday, Irish assistant coach Brian Polian went by St. Francis High in La Canada, Calif., to let Dietrich Riley know a Notre Dame scholarship offer was coming soon.

"I really couldn't talk to him because of the rules and everything, but he was just saying the whole coaching staff has seen my highlight film, and they're geeked up and excited, and they want to make it happen," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star athlete explained.

"They're supposed to send it out and make it official this coming week. They said they'll set that call up with coach Weis and have me call or something."

Riley also holds scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington. Now that he has his Notre Dame scholarship offer, he plans on visiting the South Bend campus for the first time very soon.

"I'm going to go out there for sure for the spring game," Riley said. "That's what me and my mom were discussing.

"That's what we were waiting for, the offer. We didn't know if they were on me like that. We just wanted to wait until we get the offer until they fly me out there."

In helping lead St. Francis to a 6-4 record and a spot in the playoffs, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Riley rushed for around 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 40 tackles, two sacks and an interception from his weak-side linebacker spot.

Riley said that most schools are recruiting him as a running back. Notre Dame has a different vision.

"They said primarily as a safety, and also return kicks and all that, but since they like my versatility and what I can do on the offensive side of the ball, they said they'd give me a shot coming in to see what I can do on the offensive side of the ball."

Riley hopes to play in the backfield on the next level, but also said he will look hard at Notre Dame to see if that's the right fit for him.

"It doesn't hurt them at all because it's still Notre Dame," Riley said. "There's an offer now, and they're now an option. They're still one of my favorites for sure."

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