CINCINNATI – Colerain High School senior cornerback Amir Riep will announce his college decision at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Colerain gymnasium.
Riep, one of the nation’s top football players in the 2017 class, will make his decision public on his 18th birthday.
In the last week, Riep planned to visit Alabama, Michigan State and Ohio State for its Friday Night Lights camp July 22.
Riep, who attended the prestigious Nike Opening combine in Beaverton, Ore., last week, had 47 scholarship offers as the school year ended in early June. He’s also a nominee for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Riep, who is 6 feet and 185 pounds, was second-team all-state, first-team all-district and the Greater Miami Conference defensive player of the year in 2015.
He had 53 tackles and seven interceptions for the Cardinals (12-2), who were a Division I state semifinalist a year ago. He was also Colerain’s kick and punter returner in 2015.
His scholarship offers list has included UC, Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Duke, Nebraska, Florida State, UCLA and several others.
Wherever Riep lands on a college campus, he has an opportunity to play right away as a freshman, Bolden said.
“He’s the guy that can play a shutdown physical corner who can also play safety,” Colerain head coach Tom Bolden said last month. “…He’s definitely a presence that they've got to game plan for.”
Even though football players may verbally commit to a college program at any time, the recruiting journey doesn’t officially end until National Signing Day in February 2017.
Colerain, ranked No. 14 nationally by MaxPreps, starts the 2016 season Aug. 27 against Warren Central (Ind.) at 1 p.m. at Nippert Stadium in the 19th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Colerain defeated Warren Central 27-16 last season in the Showdown.