Though Amir Riep was committed to Ohio State since July 23, 2016, the four-star product out of Cincinnati Colerain was thrilled to officially become a Buckeye on National Signing Day.
“It’s a great feeling. It’s like a dream come true, just always wanting to get to (Ohio State),” Riep (5-11, 183) told Scout. “I’m there and it’s a dream come true.”
Riep, who is rated by Scout as the 11th-best corner in the 2017 class, is part of a 2017 OSU haul that is loaded with talent in the defensive backfield. The No. 99 overall player in the country is joined by five-star corner Jeffrey Okudah out of Grand Prairie (Texas) South; five-star junior college cornerback Kendall Sheffield of Blinn College in Brenham, Texas; four-star corner Shaun Wade from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla.; and four-star cornerback Marcus Williamson from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Okudah is the second-best player at his position in the class while being the No. 15 overall prospect. Sheffield is the top-ranked junior college player in 2017. Wade is not far behind Okudah, coming in as the No. 5 corner and the No. 55 overall prospect. Williamson, meanwhile, is considered the 14th-best at his position and is 123rd overall.
The lone safety in the OSU class, Isaiah Pryor, is the seventh-best player at his position and the 70th-rated overall prospect, to boot.
With all this competition in the OSU secondary about to take hold, Riep has one message for his new teammates.
“I’m ready,” he said. “I just hope they’re ready because I’m ready to compete.”
According to Colerain head coach Tom Bolden, competing will not be an issue for his high school standout.
“He’s going to go up there, he’s going to compete,” Bolden said of Riep on Wednesday. “He’s a winner and he likes to win and that’s what Ohio State is all about. He’ll do a fantastic job.
“He plays with – you hear (Ohio State head coach Urban) Meyer talk about it all the time – that juice. He plays with a lot of juice and that’s great to see.”
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