Football: Dietrich Riley has UCLA on top of his short list; Notre Dame, USC and LSU still very much in the running.

I had a chat with St. Francis’ Dietrich Riley earlier today and he said UCLA was at the top of his list, but emphasized it’s not necessarily where he’ll sign to play football next season. The announcement will come next week on ESPN.

National signing day is Wednesday, and Riley was invited to announce his decision in front of a national audience. The reigning Star-News Player of the Year is one of the most sought-after players in the nation, with UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and LSU to be the final four contenders hoping to land the prized recruit; Mississippi and Washington came too late in the process, Riley’s mother, Marika McWhorter, said. Riley will take his last trip when he officially visits USC on Friday.

The biggest surprise came when UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow and four other UCLA assistants sat down with Riley during a 45-minute on Wednesday to discuss using Riley on offense as well as on defense. Think Wildcat formation.

That’s what UCLA plans on doing should Riley end up there. Notre Dame and LSU are said to have proposed the same, though there was some friction between LSU’s offensive and defensive coordinator when the pitch was made.

UCLA, however, went well into detail about using Riley’s prowess on offense.

“They said they want me to play the Wildcat and they were going to put in a special package for me,” Riley said. “I’d be playing quarterback, running back and receiver. They want me to line up a couple routes. It won’t be a lot of offense. Fifteen plays, maybe a little more to try to create some mismatches.” Full story in Friday’s paper.

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  • Dogman

    Sure, It’s nice to be “The Guy” on even a bad team but remember this, UCLA IS a bad team!
    Dietrich, If you’re reading this, and you want to stay in the Pac-10, Washington is where you will want to be.
    I don’t care if they came too late in the process.
    Take my word for it, THEY will be the next dominant team in the Pac-10. Rick is just being Rick and telling you what you want to hear. UCLA still sucks and USC is dropping fast! The rest of the Pac-10 will bow down to Washington as they did in the Don James era. You can either watch it happen from the other sideline or be part of it!

  • Anonymous

    go to cal!

  • Anonymous

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  • Goldenarm

    All SGV defensive attack! Golper and Riley….

    If Randall Caroll ever gets a clear lane…he is gone. Unfortunately he needs the ball first, and an occasional block would be sweet as well.

    I would love to see #4 on local TV.

  • Apache Joe

    Washington will be good as long as Jake Locker is there. The second he leaves that team will tank until they have a proven quarterback. He makes that team go. Don’t flatter yourself Dogman.

  • Dogman

    Apache Joe-

    You are right that Jake Locker makes them very good for next year but how about Nick Montana from Oaks Christian?
    Is that not a good enough encore? He will arrive this spring to “Dogtown” and Sark will have one of the best classes they have ever had this year with 25 to 30 recruits. Ranked 8th in the country and 1st in the Pac-10 by

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    I know a couple of people who feel that Montana is overrated. If he was that good, I’m sure he would’ve been offered by schools like USC, UCLA and CAL. Obviously it is apparent that Tedford, Neuheisel/Chow, and Carrol did not feel like they wanted him. I wouldn’t consider him an elite quarterback either way.

    But then again, neither was his dad. Joe never had a rocket arm or all the prototypical attributes QB guru’s look for. He had great touch, intangibles off the charts and a knack to win. If Nick has 3/4’s of what his father had, he will be a good quarterback at Washington.

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