- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer defensive end Antonio Riles visited Gainesville on Saturday to watch Florida conduct its first full-pads practice. For Riles, who visited Florida for its junior day in February, the second visit was much better than the first.
"It was much more fun the second time," Riles said. "Of course the first time I visited Florida I didn't really know anyone. But this time I got to really meet the coaches and see what the practice was all about. I got to talk to coach [Will] Muschamp on multiple occasions, coach [Bryant] Young and coach [Derek] Lewis and pretty much every coach.
"[Muschamp] just told me they were really interested in getting me down here and what his plans are for the next couple years"
In addition to Florida, Riles holds offers from Georgia, Kentucky, Clemson, Missouri and Tennessee, but he said Florida definitely helped its cause after this visit.
"After this visit I'm actually starting to consider it a little more," he said. "I see what the coaches are like. I know what coach Bryant Young did in the NFL, and just helping those guys out there and seeing how they coach those guys out there. They push them and they love 'em, so I know I could come out here and be treated like family."
Riles, who stands 6-foot-4 and 261 pounds, said he was not only impressed by the Florida coaches but also with the tempo with which they ran practice.
"It was real intense," he said. "Everything was just so quick-paced. It was incredible. They got in and got out. Those guys, they want to get better."
Over the next few weeks Riles says he is planning to visit several different schools, including the home-state team Georgia Bulldogs.
"I'm going to UCF, Tennessee on the 31st and Georgia to stay with Ray Drew," he said. "I'm still trying to plan everything out like I may go to Auburn."
Riles admittedly grew up rooting for the Bulldogs, and he thinks Georgia is on its way back to the top.
"It's just the home state," Riles said of Georgia. "I've been watching them since I was young. All their coaches are great. Coach [Rodney] Gardner coach Scott [Lakatos], coach [Mark] Richt, everybody. I kind of like their program, and they are back on the rise again. They are competing."
Riles said that though he'd like to make a decision, he will be thorough and not rush into anything.
"Actually I want to get it over with as soon as possible," he said. "bBut I know when I make my decision I want it to be the best decision possible, so I'm going to take my time."