Riley Gets National Attention

One of the best prospects in Southern California, Dietrich Riley, the 6-0, 197-pound athlete from La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis, is now getting flooded with recruiting attention -- and scholarship offers -- from around the country...

La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis athlete Dietrich Riley (6-0, 197) is being patient and deliberate with the recruiting process, and with good reason.

When USC and UCLA offered Riley last summer, he was pretty content to land the offers from the two hometown schools. But more and more schools are showing interest in Riley, with offers now filtering in from around the country. Oklahoma and Nebraska both offered Riley in the last week. Prior to that, Michigan and Tennessee also extended offers.

"Michigan and Coach (Rich) Rodriguez offered me as an athlete for offense and that was real exciting," said Riley. "The Tennessee one was the one that surprised me, just from them being a school from the SEC. I wasn't expecting to hear from them but they have a new staff with Coach (Lane) Kiffin, so they've definitely shown me a lot of interest."

But Riley isn't just feeling the out-of-state schools.

"Of course not, I still like USC and UCLA a lot," said Riley. "I'm really comfortable with the players, the coaches and the schools. I've been up to each campus a lot (including a UCLA basketball game earlier this spring as a guest of the football staff) and gotten a chance to talk with the coaches quite a bit. Right now, I don't have any favorites. I'm happy with a lot of the schools and they're all up top. I don't really have a top school or anything."

Riley said his plan is to wait out the process, take some time, then made a decision. "Oh yeah I'm taking all five of my official visits," said Riley. "I'm going to take some unofficial trips, too. I'm going to go to Notre Dame for their Junior Day and Spring Game next month."

And then come summer, a few more camps and unofficial are on the docket. "I'll be going to the SC Rising Stars Camp, FBU in Orlando, maybe the Tennessee, Texas, Florida or Oklahoma camps and then UCLA's camp, too," said Riley. "I definitely want to check out Alabama for an unofficial visit and get a feel for the coaching staff, get to know them a little better. I'm hearing a lot from Oklahoma and LSU, they've been sending me some mail. Then from the Pac-10, Arizona State or Arizona has been recruiting me pretty hard."

One of the key attributes of the 6-0, 197-pound Riley is his ability to play a handful of positions, able to play anywhere from running back to receiver or linebacker to safety.

"My favorite right now I'd have to say is offense," said Riley. "The schools are mostly talking about me as a running back or receiver, splitting me out wide and moving me around. Defensively, I'd probably play free safety. I play outside linebacker at school right now."

Riley said his goal is to be 205 pounds by fall, so he can keep his speed but add some strength.

Academically, he has a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT in June.


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