Signing Day: A national look, Riley to UCLA


Above: St. Francis’ Dietrich Riley is a pretty good “Christmas” present for UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel today on National Signing Day.

National signing day is college football’s version of Christmas, and most of the top schools in the country are liking their presents.
Here are some of the top national names to sign:

Dietrich Riley, DB, UCLA - A major get for Rick Neuheisel and clan. Riley is one of the top defensive backs in the country. But it’s also big for UCLA’s intra-city battle with USC, who somehow lost an admitted Trojan fan to the hated Bruins.
Ronald Powell, DE, Florida – Coach Urban Meyer may have taken a leave of absence, but the the top recruits still go to the Gator Nation, and Powell, from Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley is considered the top recruit in the country after being named of the recent U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas - This is a major get for the Longhorns, who get a Texas legacy. Jeffcoat’s father played for the Dallas Cowboys.
Calvin Smith, DT, New Mexico - Smith was one top signing day surprises, switching from Tennessee to New Mexico.
Markeith Ambles, WR, USC – Ambles is one of the top receivers in the country. The McDonough, Ga. product, originally a Tennessee commit, follows Lane Kiffin to USC.
Kyle Prater, WR, USC, – A big save for the Trojans, who have a done a good job saving a solid class after Pete Carroll bolted for the NFL. USC also received letters from Serra’s Robert Woods, San Diego Mission Bay’s Dillon Baxter and Don Lugo’s George Uko.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA - One of the top defensive lineman in the country, who some believe can eventually dominate like Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh. This is a major get for UCLA, which also received letters from Huntington Beach Edison linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, Oaks Christian products Cassius Marsh and Malcolm Jones, Loyola’s Anthony Barr and Kaiser’s Josh Shirley. You can also add DB Anthony Jefferson of Cathedral to the mix.
Comments: And how about that Rick Neuheisel? Love him,or hate him, but there’s no doubt about his recruiting skills. I look at him and can’t help but think of the line in Seabiscuit when trainer Tom Smith is talking about the Santa Anita Handicap and for his jockey, Red Pollard, to look out for Rosemont. “He closes like a freight train and he’ll fight you for it at the end.” It describes Neuheisel’s recruiting skills to a tee. Back in the summer, UCLA’s class wasn’t ranked among the top 30, but now some, including Rivals, are saying it could be a top 10 class. …You have hand it to Lane Kiffin. He came in late, after the quick departure of Carroll, and held together a very solid class, which should keep Troy in the fray for a few more years. …And it looks like the rich continue to get richer, with Florida pulling in the top player in the country and Texas getting some top 10 picks. And let’s not forget Oregon, which pulled in Bryan Bennett, their next spread-option QB, and Ricky Heimuli, one of the top DTs in the country. … I will say I’m amazed how far National Signing Day has come. I can remember a time when the announcements were made, it like reading a phone-book listing. Now, its more like the NFL Draft, where the top players are paraded out on national television. And speaking of that, it’s funny how it’s completely opposite than the draft. In the draft, the players sweat it out, hoping to be picked; on NSD, its the coaches – and to some degree the fans – who are doing the sweating.

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  • Trojan Man

    Best of luck to him.

    FIGHT ON
    TM

  • The Machine

    Is USC a machine or what. They didn’t miss a beat and Kiff hit the ground running it’s still apparent that they set the bar in the Pac Ten and the others are slowly catching up. BUT….give Lane Kiffin a full year there and he will kick everyones butt.

  • Don’t go away mad…just go away.

    Riley knew that he was looking at 4 years of special teams and playing the 4th quarter in blowouts at USC. Kiffin told him that last weekend which is why he left USC on his official visit and ran over to Westwood unannounced. He made a wise choice.

    Best of luck to him.

  • Stop being a MAD jerk

    Sour grapes “Mad”. USC isn’t for every one. Look at Aaron Corps. He’d have been a star somewhere else. Look at Mustain, who actually was a star at Arkansas. Riley is legit, right now! How he fairs in college is based on so many things that who’s to know….be happy for the kid. What did he ever do to you?

    Best of luck Riley !
    Signed… a former Catholic school player and current USC parent who’s wishing you all the best. Price, Semons, Riley…it’s getting crowded back their. Hopefully UCLA comes back strong and the UCLA-USC games are nail biters again !!

  • Stop being a MAD jerk

    Sour grapes “Mad”. USC isn’t for every one. Look at Aaron Corps. He’d have been a star somewhere else. Look at Mustain, who actually was a star at Arkansas. Riley is legit, right now! How he fairs in college is based on so many things that who’s to know….be happy for the kid. What did he ever do to you?

    Best of luck Riley !
    Signed… a former Catholic school player and current USC parent who’s wishing you all the best. Price, Semons, Riley…it’s getting crowded back their. Hopefully UCLA comes back strong and the UCLA-USC games are nail biters again !!

  • Stop being a MAD jerk

    Sour grapes “Mad”. USC isn’t for every one. Look at Aaron Corps. He’d have been a star somewhere else. Look at Mustain, who actually was a star at Arkansas. Riley is legit, right now! How he fairs in college is based on so many things that who’s to know….be happy for the kid. What did he ever do to you?

    Best of luck Riley !
    Signed… a former Catholic school player and current USC parent who’s wishing you all the best. Price, Semons, Riley…it’s getting crowded back their. Hopefully UCLA comes back strong and the UCLA-USC games are nail biters again !!

  • Dear Mr Self Righteous

    Hey Mr USC “parent”…Aaron’s last name is C-O-R-P. There is no “S”.

    The info on Riley is correct. The USC coach that really liked him was McNair. Kiffin wasn’t blown away by his film. It is understood around HH that Riley wasn’t “make-or-break”. The one that hurt was Shirley, the LB.

    Also, no self-respecting USC fan wants nail-biter games with UCLA. Save those for Notre Dame.

  • Where do guys like “you” come from?

    I’d rather be Self Righteous than the Prick you’re coming across as. Day One and already you’re bagging on Riley. People bagged on Price and he started for UCLA even though he does need 20 plus lbs. and a ton of weight room time he was still out there…so who knows how Riley will do.

    Corps or Corp….point stands….USC ain’t for everybody!!!

    What year did you graduate from USC? Any UCS/UCLA Fan will tell you the biggest games, the ones EVERYONE remembers are the nail biters….competition remember? That was my point, college football remember? Blocked FGs to win, TD at the back of the endzone to win…45 -43 games….enjoy the rivalry.

    Where do guys like “you” come from anyway? Let me say this clearly….I’m proud of my son’s grades in HS, his Dean List grades at USC and the fact that my son went to USC during one of the most memorable times to be a Trojan…and I’ll be there with bells on to see him “walk” next year while you’ll keep hating and bagging….understand?

    Where do people like you come from who can’t “enjoy” some one else’s success? I will tell you this….Riley’s parents. like so many others who will get “theirs” today, should at least enjoy one day on this planet without scum like you dishing dirt and feeling superior without merit.

    Here’s your platform Mr. Prick…tell us all about your kids accomplishments, “your” accomplishments and then I’ll listen to you…otherwise you’re just an adult with too much time on his hands who loves to “wear” the colors but doesn’t understand what it takes to “earn” the colors…..whatever they may be.

    Proud Parent who understands why successful kids are successful…hard work and dedication….God may giveth but YOU STILL GOT TO BUILD IT!

    FIGHT ON!!!!!

    TROJAN CLASS OF 2011…believe that!

  • No one knows

    No one can truly say what kind of player he will be; but he will be given the opportunity to get a good education at a great university FOR FREE!!! Remember student athlete, and after kiffins comments i think some players maybe will be playing a little harder. Good luck young man do yourself and parents proud.

  • jcaz

    UCLA is slowly coming back. USC, thanks again for all the memories, but remember this one thing here, and thats…..

    There’s a new sheriff in town and he isn’t riding a white horse or a silly azz cape.

    Trojans, enjoy the ride you’ve had because very soon, you will have some very good competition coming your way.

    Go Bruins !

  • Trojan Man

    UCLA will continue to watch USC sucker punch them around. USC had the #1 recruiting class in the nation HAHAHAHAHA UCLA is done they can have riley.