- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 18 verbal commitments and just over seven months until signing day, the Gators have filled about 75 percent of their recruiting class. Over the next two weeks, GatorNation will take a look at some uncommitted prospects who could end up in the Florida Gators' recruiting class. Some of them are highly rated and some might surprise you. Next up is defensive lineman Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer).
Why he could end up in Florida's class
Florida head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn have shown that they like big defensive ends, and Riles certainly fits that mold. At 6-foot-4 and 261 pounds, he's exactly what Florida is looking for physically. Riles has had Florida and Georgia at the top of his board for some time but now says he is open.
Why he might not be in Florida's class
Simply put, Demarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood). As talented as Riles is, so is Walker and he lives about an hour-and-a-half away from Gainesville. The Gators have limited scholarships available and are likely looking to take only one more strong-side defensive end. If Walker picks a school other than UF on Aug. 3, then look for Florida to turn up the heat on Riles.
How he could fit in
With his physique, Riles could play defensive end in a 3-4 defense. He could also slide down and play defensive tackle in a traditional 4-3.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 18 verbal commitments and just over seven months until signing day, the Gators have filled about 75 percent of their recruiting class.