Riley Will Hold Off On Decision

La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis safety Dietrich Riley will announce his decision after Signing Day, choosing to squeeze in one more visit the first weekend in February, after scheduling an additional official visit...

La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis safety Dietrich Riley has enjoyed the recruiting process so much, he's adding an extra week to it.

The four-star athlete, who got his first offer in the spring of 2008, received his most recent offer over the weekend, from Ole Miss, and because of the Rebels new interest, he'll take an official visit to Oxford this weekend.

That will keep Riley from taking an official visit to USC, so he'll instead take an unofficial visit to USC the weekend after Signing Day.

Then Riley says he'll be ready to have his decision made.

"My coaches are going to set it up so I can announce at my school, but it will be the week after Signing Day," said Riley.

This past weekend, Riley visited LSU officially, the Tigers offering him in early January and quickly setting up the visit.

"LSU was different from my other visits, but it was a great visit over all. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it. I was going there, thinking, I was just going there for LSU, for the name, but it really made a great impression," said Riley.

One player that Riley models his game after is LSU's Patrick Peterson, and Riley got to spend ample time with him.

"Patrick is one of my idols, so it was good to be around him," said Riley. "He was real cool with me and saying ‘I'm going to treat you like my little brother'. They're recruiting me as a safety."

Riley will see the LSU coaches again this week, when they visit his home.

"Coach (Les) Miles, Coach John (Chavis) and Coach (Ron) Cooper are coming in this week to meet with me," said Riley.

A week ago, Riley said UCLA was a slight leader, but the visit to the Bayou has evened things out amongst everyone.

"I'm back to being even," said Riley. "That LSU visit, that really opened my eyes. I felt I was really needed there and the school was even better than I thought."

With Ole Miss now in the mix, Riley has a new school to consider, and their plans to use Riley have catapulted them into contention.

"Ole Miss, they're having arguments about where they want me to play. When they called to offer me, their whole staff said they wanted me, but they don't know what they want me as," said Riley. "They saw my new highlight tape and they just thought I could do great things as a running back. I'd love to be a running back, so once they offered, I knew I wanted to take a visit. I'll leave Thursday night on a redeye."

Riley said the Ole Miss offer came out of the blue.

"I was surprised but it's a great school and it's a good program in the SEC," said Riley. "I haven't spoken with Coach (Houston) Nutt but Coach (Ron) Dickerson, he's my recruiter."

Riley was set to visit USC this weekend, but that's being pushed back, and will go from an official to an unofficial.

"It was taking a while to get their DB coach so I decided to go to Ole Miss. But with USC, I'm going to visit them and spend a whole weekend with the coaches as an unofficial. I don't really need to go on an official visit to USC. On the visits, they do everything I already know."

Riley said he was happy to see USC hire Willie Mack Garza as their defensive backs coach, but it was James Cregg who had the best relationship with.

"Coach Garza came by the school and got to watch my film and I'll be talking with him this week," said Riley. "But Coach Cregg was who I talked with the most at Tennessee and I have a good relationship with him."

Last week, Notre Dame and new coach Brian Kelly were in Riley's home.

"Coach Kelly had his in-home last week and it went really well," said Riley. "The big news was that they want me as a running back or a receiver. Coach Kelly said he wants the ball in my hands so they plan on having me as a running back or receiver. I wasn't really confident, but they were saying, once we saw what you can do, we see offense."


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