Riley Makes It Official: UCLA
Dietrich Riley
Dietrich Riley

Posted Feb 3, 2010


Dietrich Riley, the elite athlete from La Canada St. Francis, kept UCLA's streak going this afternoon on Signing Day, picking up a UCLA hat on ESPNU's Signing Day show...

Dietrich Riley, after wavering back and forth between UCLA and USC for a while, picked up a UCLA hat on the ESPNU Signing Day show.

"The school I'm going to be playing at is UCLA baby," said Riley.

Riley, from La Canada St. Francis, the 16th-ranked safety, had long-favored USC, and was known to be a silent commitment to the Trojans.

When Pete Carroll left USC, Riley then re-considered, and UCLA's Rick Neuheisel never let up in his recruitment.

"Coach Neuheisel has been going after me since day one," said Riley. "I was a silent commit to USC on December 18th, to Pete Carroll. And I told Coach (Rick) Neuheisel that I was done with the recruiting process. He said good, because now he was going to recruit me harder."

And that paid off for the Bruins.

"I just felt comfortable with it. I live in Pasadena and I'll be playing in front of my home city every week. We have Owa (Owamagbe Odighizuwa), Josh Shirley and Anthony Jefferson, so I'm pretty stoked to be a Bruin," said Riley. Riley was an UnderArmour All-American and a four-star safety by Scout.com


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