Riley Talks About Favorites

The 6-1, 195-pound four-star safety/running back from St. Francis High School in La Canada, Calif., Dietrich Riley, talks in depth about each of the schools he's considering. He shares his impression of UCLA's scrimmage Saturday...


Dietrich Riley, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound four-star safety/running back from St. Francis High School in La Canada, Calif., says he now has around 20 scholarship offers and remains "very open."

The latest school to offer Riley was Florida State. "They offered about two weeks ago," Riley said. "But I'm also hearing a lot from Ohio State too. They'll probably offer me during the season."

Another school that Riley hopes offers him is LSU. His good friend, (four-star cornerback) Josh Shaw, is visiting the Tigers on Oct. 10 and Riley hopes to go on this trip as well. "LSU seems pretty high on me," he said.

"I know Josh likes them a lot and we've been talking about playing college ball together," Riley said. "He's a cornerback and I'm a safety and that would be real cool if we could play together. We have great chemistry and we've been talking about taking some trips together too."

Riley doesn't have any official visits scheduled yet but says he's hoping to visit Tennessee on Oct. 3 when they take on Auburn. "It isn't set yet, but that's the date we've talked about," he said. "I can't wait to go there for a visit and be part of the 112,000 people rockin' the stadium."

He says the Vols have been recruiting him the hardest. "They are sending a great amount of letters," he said. "I get like three letters a day from them. They're really blowing me away with all the stuff they send."

The Vols are recruiting Riley as a safety. "I think Tennessee is going to be coming back strong," he said. "Coach Lane Kiffin has put together an incredible coaching staff and I think they'll be making a run for the national championship in the next few years. I love the coaches attitude and the swagger they have."

Riley admits he's also close to finalizing an official visit to Notre Dame on Sept. 19 for the Michigan State game. "Not too many guys receive an offer from Notre Dame," he said. "Touchdown Jesus, the campus, the tradition…it's all amazing. It's a real family environment and they've had some of the greats of the game go there. I also like the respect that Notre Dame gets. It's doesn't matter if they go 0-12, they are still always expected to do well."

Like the Vols, the Irish are recruiting Riley as a safety. The other program that likes Riley on defense is USC. "I was at their scrimmage last Monday (Aug. 17)," he said. "They were real excited that I was there and they escorted my family back to our car. Whenever I'm on campus they show me a lot of love."

So what did Riley think of the Trojans scrimmage? "It was pretty packed," he said. "I wasn't expecting that. The whole thing was real high-intensity and fast-paced. The defense looked great. The offense didn't look as good as the defense."

Riley also got a chance to attend the Trojans' cross-town rival, UCLA's practice on Aug. 22. "They are looking pretty good," he said. "They had a great recruiting class this year and I can see them turning things around. I think (freshman quarterback) Kevin Prince will get the offense going."

He says he feels he could see some early playing time at UCLA. "I think I'd have a great opportunity to compete early," he said. "The coaches really want me bad and think I'd be a great fit in the offense."

Like the Bruins, Michigan is also recruiting Riley as a running back. "The Big House," he said. "That's it. That's Michigan. When you think of Michigan football, you think of the Big House.

"They want me on offense and I like the spread offense they run," he said. "They said they'd use me all over the field and said that they'd definitely get the ball in my hands."

He says the Wolverines have been showing him a lot of interest recently. "I know they recruit California guys a lot," he said. "And I'm not worried about the distance at all."

In fact, Riley has some family in Alabama and lists the Tide as a favorite as well. They are recruiting him as an athlete.

"Coach Nick Saban is great," he said. "I liked talking to him on the phone and just like his winning attitude. They are at the top of the SEC and should have a real good season.

"Coach Saban is pretty chill and outgoing," Riley said. "He's very confident in Alabama and doesn't need to down talk other schools."

During the summer Riley only attended the USC Rising Stars camp and also visited UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State.

Riley is ranked as the No. 7 safety in the country by Scout.com.

"I'll have a top five during the season," he said. "I'm not worried about recruiting right now. My list is still wide open and it seems like everyday my mind changes. It's also tough because I haven't really been to a lot of schools yet. I definitely plan on taking all five of my visits."

Riley's first game as a senior will be on Sept. 11 against Arcadia High School.

He reports a 2.5 core GPA and although he took the SAT in June, he doesn't know his score. Says he'll be taking the ACT on Sept. 12.


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