Running back/defensive back Dietrich Riley (6-0, 197, 4.42) from La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis will be one of the most sought after players for the class of 2010. He already has six offers on the table and getting letters from colleges from coast to coast. The talented two-way standout is being recruited for talents on both sides of the ball.
Riley has offers on the table from UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Notre Dame. He is getting letters from schools such as Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Michigan, Colorado, Oklahoma and pretty much every D-I school.
"Some schools like me as a running back, while other schools are recruiting me as a safety," Riley said. "I want to play running back in college because I want the ball in my hands at all times."
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"To be honest with you, I don't have a favorite, but one school I would love to hear more from is Florida," Riley said. "Truthfully, I am open to every, and all schools."
What is Riley looking for in a college?
"I am looking for a school where I can come in and compete for playing time right away," Riley said. "I want to play for a coach that puts his team into a great position to win."
"Another important consideration is I want to play for a team that has great team camaraderie," Riley said. "But the most important element is to graduate from a great university with a degree. Football won't last forever."
As junior, Riley was selected first-team all-state, first-team all-CIF, Area Player of the Year and League Offensive player of the Year.
Riley accounted for over 1,400 rushing and receiving yards while scoring 13 touchdowns.
As good as Riley is, he still has the hunger that all the great ones have and isn't sitting on his laurels.
"I'm working out really hard and gaining weight," Riley said. "I'm playing basketball so I haven't lost any quickness. I was just time 4.42 in the 40 and I also recorded a 38-inch vertical."
Riley is currently playing hoops for St. Francis and is averaging a double/double per game in one of the toughest hoops league's in Southern California.