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Dietrich Riley Addresses the Rumors
June 6, 2009, 2:30 am
Filed under: Recruiting | Tags: , , ,

Rumors have been swirling about La Canada, California athlete Dietrich Riley.  Riley is one of the most coveted prospects in the state of California, if not country, and rumors are just part the hectic recruiting process.

Has Riley given a “silent” commitment to Lane Kiffin and his staff at Tennessee?

“No, I did not give a verbal commitment (to Tennessee).”

Riley, who claims 15 offers but not a top school, says Michigan is recruiting the hardest.

Dietrich Riley has been a hot commodity in many recruiting circuits.

Dietrich Riley has been a hot commodity in many recruiting circuits.

What schools does Riley plan to visit this summer?  

“Tennessee, so I can meet the new staff and build a relationship with them. Also Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Florida if they offer, Oklahoma, Alabama, and I plan to attend the USC rising stars camp.”

Though Riley isn’t commited to Tennessee, they are still very much a player in his recruitment.

“They’re a superb university, develops student athletes, have great NFL experienced staff, and awesome facilities. They send athletes to the next level and help them reach their goals. I also have family in Tennessee.”

What exactly is Riley looking for in a college?

“Academics first and foremost. A team who competes for a national championship year and year out with a NFL experienced staff. A great football tradition with top notch alumnus and opportunity to play right away and make an immediate impact to help my team. Also, coaches I bond with who are honest and feel most comfortable with.”

Will distance be a factor in his final decision?

“No because I have a lot of family in the South and my family is showing the best support they can so they will be behind me throughout this whole process.”

Riley likely projects as a safety or running back in college. He being recruited by Tennessee recruiting coordinator and DL coach Ed Orgeron. He says he’d like to make his decision January 22, which is the day before his mothers birthday.

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