Dietrich Riley gets home visit from Vols

With two official visits down and three to go, California defensive back Dietrich Riley is ready to concentrate on recruiting. Riley has already been to Rocky Top. Was that visit enough to earn Tennessee his top spot? Go "Inside" for the latest on Riley's recruitment and get his thoughts on his latest home visit.

One of the country's top defensive backs has completed his senior high school season, and now it's time for him to decide where he plans on spending the next several years at the college level.

California's Dietrich Riley, one of the country's top safeties, has been busy this week with college coaches stopping by for visits.

"We got knocked out of the state playoffs last week," Riley told InsideTennessee.com on Wednesday. "This week has been all about in-home visits with some college coaches."

One of those visits came from Tennessee Coach James Cregg. It appears that visit went very well.

"It was good for my mom to get a chance to meet him," Riley said. "Mom thought he was a great guy and she is looking forward to getting to know him better. The visit was great; Coach Cregg and I have developed a great relationship."

Riley has already taken two official visits this fall, one to Tennessee and the other to Notre Dame. According to the defensive standout, he plans on taking all five visits before deciding on a school.

"Right now it's between USC, UCLA, Oklahoma and Florida on who will get my last three visits," Riley said. "I will probably make a decision some time in late January after I have completed all my visits."

Does Riley have an early favorite?

"How can I have a favorite when I haven't been to all my visits yet? Tennessee is great, but I don't have a leader right now," Riley said. "I was very impressed on my official visit to Knoxville. I wished I would have waited until after the season so I could have seen a lot more of the area, but I got the chance to see how a game day was in Tennessee."

With Tennessee safety Eric Berry expected to leave after this season for the NFL, getting a commitment from one of the nation's top defenders appears to be a priority.


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