UT recruiting Dietrich Riley harder than most

Both Kiffin and Orgeron are very familiar with California talent and it appears that they are after one of the Golden State's best players. Dietrich Riley, a Scout.com four star running back and safety prospect, confirmed with InsideTennessee.com Sunday evening that he is indeed being recruiting by the University of Tennessee. Go inside to see if Riley plans on visiting Rocky Top

It takes a lot to lure a West Coast prospect to the east. It appears that Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron knows what it takes.

Both Kiffin and Orgeron are very familiar with California talent and it appears that they are after one of the Golden State's best players.

Dietrich Riley, a Scout.com four star running back and safety prospect, confirmed with InsideTennessee.com Sunday evening that he is indeed being recruiting by the University of Tennessee.

"They are recruiting me harder than anyone," Riley said. "They have really turned up the heat. I get a handwritten letter from them everyday, usually more than one. I'm getting the most from Ed Orgeron and Coach Cregg."

Riley has offers from some of the top schools in the country including USC, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and Nebraska.

It was Coach Cregg, the Vols offensive line coach who made a trip to Riley's school in the spring to watch him practice.

"I spoke to him on the phone after he made the visit," Riley explained. "He told me he loved what he saw and was very impressed with my work ethic."

Riley knew he was going to get recruited, but didn't realize that top schools from all over the country would be pursuing his services.

"It feels great," Riley said. "I give all the credit and glory to God. It's a blessing that I'm receiving all the attention I am currently getting."

Riley got a chance to take an unofficial visit to Knoxville a year ago last spring and was truly impressed by what he saw.

"The stadium blew me away," Riley explained. "I took a minute to soak it all in. I pictured myself playing there, running out to the T."

Riley is looking to make a return trip there this fall.

"Right now I'm planning on taking an official visit to Tennessee for sure," Riley said. "We are talking about coming down for the Georgia game. I want to check things out and see what kind of game day atmosphere I can expect at Rocky Top."

Riley is also looking forward to getting to know the coaching staff a little better.

"One thing that really impresses me is all the NFL experience they have on their staff," Riley said. "Monte Kiffin invented the Tampa 2, I can see myself doing great things there with those coaches."

Riley is also impressed by new Head Coach Lane Kiffin.

"I love the swagger he brings to the league," Riley said. "I loved the fact that he didn't back down to Florida or Alabama, I love the way he says exactly what he thinks. He isn't scared of anyone, I love that in a head coach."

It appears that Tennessee and Kiffin will have to battle USC for Riley for his services.

"USC has always been one of my dream schools," Riley said. "But I want to explore other lifestyles away from the West Coast. You never know I may find something I like better than what I'm use to. Every school that has offered me I'm open to at this point."

Another person that Riley is familiar with is Coach Orgeron.

"I was attending USC camps when I was 12 years old, Coach O is one of the things that sticks out in my mind," Riley said. "He brings so much energy and excitement to the field, he got me fired up as a 12 year old, I thought then I would love to play for him, I still might get that chance."


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