March 31, 2011
Plymouth OL Robert Riche picks up first offer
A player that was previously flying under the radar is starting to emerge and make a name for himself is Canton (Mich.) Plymouth offensive lineman Robert Riche. Riche and is his teammates are coming off an amazing run to the Division 1 state championship game where they came just short. The 2012 prospect led the way on the O-line using his big 6-foot-6 and 270 pound frame to create room for his quarterback and running backs to operate.
"We made it to the state finals, beating Canton, and Detroit Catholic Central, who were both number one during the season," added Riche. "I hope we get back this year and win it. Personally I hope to make all-state and just beat Canton."
Even though Riche is focused on getting back to the state finals, he has plenty of other things on his plate as he looks to find a school that will have his services after his senior year. Riche has the prototypical size that many colleges look for when it comes to a lineman in college.
"I would say I'm athletic, and have quick feet. I run the 40 yard dash in 5 seconds ,which is fast especially for someone who is a 6-foot-6 and 270 pound offensive lineman which is mainly muscle," explained Riche. "Other strengths of mine are just my ability to run and react which comes from my good footwork. Another is just my ability to read the game."
With his success on the field last season and his athleticism, he is attracting potential offers from a variety of suitors. One being Central Michigan who just recently pulled the trigger last week and offered Riche. He also has heavy interest coming from Toledo, while hearing from the likes of Northwestern, Penn State, and Michigan State as well. When looking at schools he has some things which help him evaluate each school.
"Education is first and foremost. I definitely want to go to a place that has a good business school. Also just a good program, that has a close knit family type atmosphere. Which can be a place where I can stay for four years and have it feel like home," said Riche. "I like Michigan State a lot, they seem to fit that well. I was at Toledo last week and their friendliness, and just overall experience was amazing. I was there for spring practice. I really like the coaches, Coach (Tim) Beckham, and just the program overall."
And Central Michigan is a school in need of a big strong lineman like Riche after they lost two stable pieces of their line with Colin Miller and Jeff Maddux both graduating. So with their need for lineman, Central pulled the trigger and offered Riche who they had been in heavy contact with. This was his first Division 1 offer and it comes the week before he planned to visit.
"Last Saturday they offered. They said they liked how I played and how I would be a great fit. It was great for them being my first offer. When I make my decision they will stand out, but I won't be committing to any school anytime soon though," said Riche. "I like the campus a lot. I am visiting this weekend to re-meet everyone and to get to know everyone better and just meet people that I haven't got to yet. I like Coach (Taylor) Stubblefield a lot. When I go there I there I will get to see practice and talk to the OL coach more too."
Central Michigan is on a list of schools which Riche has/will visit in the near future, so that he can see what they are all about.
"So far I've been to Bowling Green, and Toledo's Junior Days. Northwestern doesn't have a JR day so I will probably go to their Spring Game. Also I hope to go to MSU, Penn State, and Central for their spring game and/or practices," said Riche. "The rest of spring and summer I hope to go to some combines and more camps but haven't decided where yet. I don't know when I will ultimately decide but it could possibly be sometime over the summer."
For now, Riche will keep working hard, visiting schools and camps to ultimately get better. Which he hopes will get him to a school where he feels comfortable, and place that will make him successful like Jake Long.
"Jake long is a player I have based my game off of and is a player I hope to follow in the path of. For he is a player I grew up watching, who went to big school like Michigan. Which helped lead him to how successful he is now," said Riche.
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