Monday, January 21, 2013
4-star DE Riles solid to UF?
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Four-star defensive end Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) has recently heard from Georgia and Michigan State among other programs.
The 6-foot-4, 261-pound athlete took an official visit to Florida this past weekend and reaffirmed his pledge to the Gators. Riles, who has been committed to Florida since July, said he enjoyed his time in Gainesville.
"It was a real great visit," Riles said. "I had a great game hanging out with the guys, hanging out with he players and the commits. It was a great time. I reconnected with the coaches and bonded even more with the coaches. I just had a great time.
"I just hung out with Rob [Nkemdiche]. Other than hanging out with the players and coaches we just pretty much went out and had fun."
The No. 27-ranked end in the country said he reconnected with the Florida coaches on his visit to Gainesville.
"I would say my commitment to Florida is real strong," Riles said. "I mean there are a lot of things that are playing in Florida's favor for me. I got a chance to sit down with Coach [Bryant] Young and watch film and watch pass rushing and all that stuff. After that, [Will] Muschamp came in and pretty much laid out the depth chart for me. There are a lot of guys at the buck position but there aren't a lot of guys that can play storngside defensive end.
"I thought for sure they would want me slide down and play inside, but they want me to play strongside defensive end. There is a good opportunity there. He said there is an opportunity for me to play my first year behind Jon Jon [Bullard]. I feel even more confident about it. Even guys that were recruiting me at other places like Coach [Joker] Phillips and Coach [Brad] Lawing are there now. It just keeps getting better and better for me.
Though Riles said he is firm in his commitment to Florida, he's still unsure if he will visit the in-state Georgia Bulldogs.
"I'm actually not sure if I'll take any visits," he said. "If I was to visit...well I'm just not sure right now. Georgia is coming to my school this week. If they come, I'll talk to them, but I don't know if I'd visit or not."