Notre Dame offered Dietrich Riley (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) a scholarship back in January, and the Irish are still pursuing the standout athlete. They are just one of several schools that recently stopped into check him out.
"Notre Dame came by the school a couple weeks ago," Riley responded when asked about his recruitment. "Coach Polian came by to check up on me, and see how things were going. He came by to see me lift and he was impressed how much size I had put on. Last time he had come by was back in the fall during my basketball season. Back then I was about 185-pounds and I'm over 200-pounds now. Once basketball was over with, I just started hitting the weight room. It's all paying off now. My numbers are all going up, and it'll be scary where I'll be by September.
"The schools that have come by to see my lately have been Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC and ASU. Washington and UCLA are a couple other schools I'm still really interested in. There have been a few more schools that have just started to get involved.
A lot of athletes like to go on the road during the summer and take unofficial visits to prospective schools, but Riley intends to spend the summer preparing for his senior season. Instead, Riley is starting to get an idea which schools he will visit officially.
"I really don't want to take any unofficial visits this summer, because I want to workout with my teammates and get prepared for my senior season," Riley explained when asked about his official visit list. "I do really want to get up to South Bend (Ind.) and see Notre Dame. I promised them that I'd get up there. I was supposed to go for their spring game, but my grandfather passed away. His funeral was the day I was supposed to fly out there. I was disappointed that I couldn't get out there, but I had to be with my family.
"I'd love to get out to Ann Arbor (Mich.). I already took an unofficial visit to Tennessee my sophomore year, but they weren't recruiting me at the time, and I wasn't getting any letters. Now that I have an offer, I'd like to get up there and meet their new staff. I want to check out the depth chart and check out their facilities again. I like the atmosphere out there and it seems like a good place to be. I'd like to check out Oklahoma and Alabama as well. That's probably about it.
Just because Riley named those five schools, doesn't mean that he won't get a look at other programs. He's already very familiar with USC and UCLA.
"I've been over there a ton," Riley said of the two local universities. "I'm on one of those campuses about every weekend. I'm already familiar with their campuses, so I won't take an official visit there. I really just want to get out of California see some new places. I want to see different environments and see what it's like to be away from mom. I'm not really worried about staying close to home, or close to the West Coast. I want to get the best education. These next for to five years of college are going to set up my future. There are other schools involved and that I'm interested in."
It's difficult to make official visit during the football season, so most of his trips will likely have to wait until after his senior season. This means Riley won't announce his final decision until late January.
"I've been thinking about it lately," Riley said of his announcement. "I think I'll make my announcement January 23, on my mom's birthday. I want to do something special for her and my family.
"I've been nominated for the U.S. Army All-American game. That's such a blessing. There's such a big tradition with all of the players that have played in that game. It's just a huge opportunity."