St. Francis High School running back Dietrich Riley took a handoff from quarterback Justin Posthuma. He went 2 yards up the middle into the end zone untouched and when he reached the back of the goal line, he said, "Fight on, baby."
USC head coach Pete Carroll, standing against the goal post, just laughed.
The highly recruited senior, who has not made his collegiate choice, did not have time to say anything to Notre Dame assistant coach Jon Tenuta, who was also on the sidelines.
But he said a lot with his first-half actions.
Riley made some big tackles on defense and rushed for 109 yards and three scores on 13 carries to lead the undefeated Golden Knights to a 42-7 victory over visiting El Rancho on Thursday night.
"It was cool for them to take time out of their schedules to watch me play," Riley said. "It is a lot of pressure. They're here to see what I'm capable of doing, so I have to go out and do what I can do."
Dietrich is fresh off an official visit to Tennessee and the word is the Vols have made significant ground in his recruiting. So with that said, it's nice to see Dietrich joking around with Coach Carroll. Even with all the UT talk and Florida offering recently, many still believe USC will be the team to beat.