The Michigan State staff is using the bye week to not only let the current players rest, but to evaluate and decide what prospects from the class of 2017 to offer. On Wednesday, coach Mark Dantonio decided that Cincinnati Colerain cornerback Amir Riep was a player the staff wants to see in Green and White.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Riep is viewed as one of the top recruits in Ohio for next year. Rivals.com rates Riep a three-star recruit and the No. 20 prospect in the state. In addition to MSU, Riep has already been offered a scholarship by Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and a host of MAC programs.
Riep announced via Twitter that he had received a scholarship from the Spartans: “Blessed to receive offer from michigan st. #gospartans!”
Riep was actually in East Lansing this past weekend on an unofficial recruiting visit.
“It means a lot, I am so grateful to receive the offer,” he said. “Michigan State is an exciting place to be and it was a great atmosphere there. I spoke with (associate head) coach Harlon Barnett and Coach Dantonio when I was up there. They said like how physical I am and how I make plays.”
Riep indicated that the Spartans’ staff would be getting back in contact with him shortly and that was obviously the case as he was offered a scholarship less than four days later.
One of the positive aspects of Riep’s recruitment is the fact that Barnett, MSU’s co-defensive coordinator, serves as his primary recruiter. Barnett also serves as the defensive backs’s coach and he is a Cincinnati native that has strong ties to the local area and high school coaches. Interestingly, Riep’s head coach is Tom Bolden, the father Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden. Before Bolden taking over, Ohio State assistant coach Kerry Coombs was the head coach there. Colerain is one of the traditional powerhouse programs in Ohio. MSU has signed a bevy of outstanding players from the Cincinnati are Ohio under Dantonio.
Look for MSU to be very aggressive when it comes to Riep. The strong play of the secondary has long been a hallmark of MSU under Dantonio. The staff obviously believes that Riep has the skills to come to East Lansing and help continue that tradition of outstanding play.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.