Seattle visit on tap for Riley

He's one of the top athletes in California, but St. Francis (La Canada, Ca.) S/RB Dietrich Riley is still as humble as they get. However, being humble doesn't mean he doesn't have goals set for himself and one of those is to visit Seattle this summer to get a look at the Washington football program up close...

"I'm coming up to visit Washington in late July," Riley told "I have family in the Seattle area so I'm going to be staying with them and then they are going to take me up to U-Dub so I can check out the school and sit down with the coaches.

"I just talked to coach (Demetrice Martin) earlier and we talked for a while about things. They are recruiting me as a running back because they like my toughness and my instincts, but coach Martin and I don't just talk football, we talk about everything and that is something I really enjoy about him."

Besides his visit to Washington, Riley has made unofficial visits to USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona and all have offered the talented playmaker.

"Getting over there to Arizona was cool," Riley said. "It was hot, it was about 97 or so, but it wasn't that bad actually. I thought it would feel hotter, but there was a little breeze there and it's something I think I could get used to."

Riley said he's not ready to narrow his list down just yet, but he said these unofficial visits have helped him get a feel for what each school has to offer and that will go a long way in narrowing down who gets an official visit from him.

"I was hoping to make my decision before the start of my senior season so I could really focus on things and have a great senior year, but I don't think that is going to happen," Riley said. "I think I'm going to end up taking all of my visits and then make my decision toward the end of the year."

Riley is a multi-purpose threat for St. Francis, racking up 1,300 yards rushing, over 200 yards receiving for a total of 13 touchdowns on offense while notching 50 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception as a junior in 2008.

"As far as goals are concerned, all of them have to do with my team," Riley said. "It's all about my team. We're like a family and that's important to me, but if I had to have some goals for myself, I guess it would be to get 1,000 yards rushing, 1,000 yards receiving and to get the record for interceptions which is 10.

"My uncle (Todd Short) had the record for a long time, but then Scott Stevens who is a walk-on at USC broke it, so it would be nice to break that record and get it back in the family."

Riley said he plans to major in Communications or Business Administration so that will be one of his major concerns in deciding where he ends up.

"I want to make sure the school I go to has good programs in both of those areas," Riley said. "Distance really isn't a factor for me so I could go anywhere and fit in, but with my school the way it is and how we feel like a family, I really want that feel for when I go to a school."

We'll have more from Riley after his visit to Seattle to get his thoughts on things as well as if he plans to take an official visit to Washington this coming fall.

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