ACCOLADES: A four-year starter at Colerain, where his college position coach Kerry Coombs used to be the head coach, Riep missed three games with an injury in 2016 but helped lead his team to an 11-1 finish as a senior. In four seasons, he recorded 15 interceptions and was the Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year in 2015, the same year he also earned second-team AP all-state honors.
RIEP SAYS: “It has always been a dream to play for Ohio State, but to me when I think about it, without football, Ohio State would have still been my decision. It’s a great feeling being on the Ohio Stadium field and just imagining all the people screaming, that’s a great feeling.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “Long, quick and with great ball skills, he’s a top-notch cover man with everything you could want in a cornerback prospect. He has the size you want in a cornerback, but he also has some of the best feet. His ball skills are excellent, and he is also a competitive kid.” – Allen Trieu
PERSONAL: Son of Katherine Gowdy and Maurice Riep, Amir had more than 40 scholarship offers before choosing Ohio State. He earned an invite to The Opening Nike Camp final in Beaverton, Ore., prior to his senior season.
2017 OUTLOOK: OSU lost three starters in the secondary this offseason, including cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore, as they declared for the upcoming NFL draft. That said, there is a plethora of talented players to fill the voids left by Conley and Lattimore. Joining Riep in OSU’s 2017 recruiting haul of corners are Jeffrey Okudah, Kendal Sheffield, Shaun Wade and Marcus Williamson. These five newcomers will likely be competing for playing time in 2017 with returning Buckeye corners such as Damon Arnette and Denzel Ward.
COMMIT DATE: July 23, 2016
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