Irish Hit Grand Slam With Dietrich Riley

If Dietrich Riley was blown away with his visit to Knoxville two weeks ago, Notre Dame set the bar a notch higher. If he considered his visit to Tennessee a 10, his visit to Notre Dame was an 11. Riley told us that his official visit to Notre Dame was on a whole new level than his visit to Tennessee.

"Things went real well, I enjoyed the visit and it was a great game," said Riley. "Notre Dame battled and gave it their all. The outcome kind of sucked, but overall, they played a great game and showed some fight against a great team. I had a great time, spent a lot of time with the coaching staff and they really did set the bar pretty high."

Obviously Notre Dame was a school Riley had interest in before his visit, but now the Irish are being seriously considered by him.

"They will definitely play a big role in my decision now," said Radley about his current interest in Notre Dame. "I had a chance to be a part of the great tradition, the walk they do before the game and I thought that was pretty neat. All of the fans were yelling my name and asking for autographs. It definitely pretty awesome. I had a chance to see the Basilica, where the Mass takes place at, I toured the campus and it was awesome."

Although he wasn't in South Bend for a long period of time, he did have an opportunity to spend extensive time with the coaches, specifically Charlie Weis. That experience was extremely refreshing for Riley who spent very little time with Lane Kiffin and his staff when he visited Tennessee.

"I had a chance to talk to Coach Weis for a long period of time," Riley said. "I had a long meeting with him the day I got there and my last day, so it wasn't like Tennessee where I only spent a short amount of time with the coaches. I was around the Notre Coaches which felt like a long time."

Riley said he will visit Florida on Nov. 28, USC in December and is planning on taking one other visit, he just doesn't know where at this point. Originally Riley said he wouldn't take an official visit to USC because it was so close to home and he could visit whenever he wanted. We asked him what changed his mind and where his interest is at with Florida?

"USC was the first school to offer me a scholarship and a school I've had serious interest in, so I figured why shouldn't I visit them," said Riley. "I was really excited about the Florida offer and that did really open my eyes quite a bit. So, I really don't have a favorite school at this moment, but I am really looking forward to visiting Florida."

And what's it going to take Pete Carroll and USC to keep Riley in Los Angeles?

"I don't really know," said Riley with a chuckle. "They came to my game two weeks ago to keep me interested in them, they are calling me every week, so they're doing a lot."

Riley said he will be at the Coliseum on Saturday when USC plays Oregon State.


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