Dietrich Riley On the Home Stretch

Four-star safety Dietrich Riley, from La Canada (Calif.) St Francis, talked about his official visit to UCLA and his last two scheduled visits...

La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis athlete Dietrich Riley (6-1. 205) has spent the last two weekends at UCLA, this past weekend, visiting UCLA unofficially, and the weekend prior, on an official visit.

The next two weekends, Riley will visit LSU and then USC, before the four-star hopes to make his college decision.

Riley's visit to Westwood for his official trip, was his third official visit, having previously visited Tennessee and Notre Dame.

"It went really well, they're really making a good impression on me so far," said Riley. "I got a chance to see everything from an academic standpoint. They took me around Westwood. We also had a nice dinner at Coach (Rick) Neuheisel's house with my parents and my family."

Riley had two hosts, safeties Tony Dye and Rahim Moore.

"I really got along with them," said Riley. "I definitely thought the visit went really well and getting to hang with Rahim Moore. Turns out, he's related to my father's best friend so we got a great laugh out of that. It's always great to hang with him. I got a chance to sit with him 1-on-1, and he's a great people person and a fun guy to be around. He'd be a great dude to line up side-by-side with."

Riley said that Neuheisel has been the primary recruiter of him in his recruitment but he had a chance to talk with the majority of the coaching staff.

"To be honest, all the coaches were great to talk with, but Coach Neuheisel, he's really been the only head coach that is really making a hard run at me out of all the coaches," said Riley.

Riley also attended UCLA's recent basketball game against USC, heading up to campus to join the dozen official visitors.

This weekend, he'll visit LSU.

"They officially offered me last Monday and I'm really stoked about that offer," said Riley. "They sent me a packet my junior year, and they wanted to see my film but at that time, I didn't have anything on me so we went our separate ways. But Coach Chavis got in contact with me a couple times and then they offered."

Riley was supposed to visit USC officially last weekend, but with Pete Carroll's departure, he put that on hold.

"My brother and I came to an agreement that we would see what DB coach they brought in before I visited," said Riley. "It's important that I have a good relationship with my position coach, rather than just a recruiting coordinator. So I'm going to wait until they actually hire one and just sit down and get to know him more."

A long time lean to USC, Riley said he's completely wide open between five schools.

"Tennnessee, Notre Dame, LSU, UCLA, USC- I really don't have a leader," said Riley. "SC was my leader, but it's different now. It all depends on what coaches they bring in. I'll just be patient. It's like I'm starting brand new. Until I finish all five visits, I won't know. Then I'll make my decision."

Riley was scheduled to have USC coaches in his home this week for an in-home visit, and the remaining schools would be in before Signing Day.

An UnderArmour All-American, Riley finished his senior year with 899 yards on 125 carries and nine touchdowns, had 29 receptions for 436 yards and five touchdowns and had 64 tackles, six breakups and three picks on defense. He was a four-time all-Mission League pick.


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