June 12th, 2012 11:49am

Riles’ summer tour makes a stop in Gainesville

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For the third time this year, defensive end Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) made the drive down to Gainesville to see what the Gators have to offer.

But on his trip Saturday, the Florida coaches were also checking him out, as he participated in the Will Muschamp Football Camp. Though his day was cut short by a groin injury, Riles received some coaching from UF defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Bryant Young and enjoyed the experience.

Riles is a member of the ESPN300 (Photo taken from Riles' twitter account)

“It was good out there getting a chance to get coached by coach Quinn and coach Bryant,” Riles said. “It felt good to go out there and see what they do on a daily basis.”

The four-star prospect previously visited for Florida’s second Junior Day and a spring practice in March, and he said the atmosphere at UF appeals to him.

“Just the whole area is nice,” Riles said. “When I came down here (the first time), I really didn’t expect anything to happen. I was just coming down here for a visit. But I really like it.”

Florida was the last stop for Riles in a week that included visits to Georgia and Alabama. He competed in a 7-on-7 tournament that took place at UGA and also attended Alabama’s football camp, where he earned an offer from the Tide following his work out.

Florida and Georgia were his co-leaders in May, but the Alabama offer changed things for him. He now claims no favorites and wants to continue evaluating those three, who have the edge over some of his other schools of interest — Clemson, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

“It’s not really wide open,” Riles said, “but I really like all those schools … and I’m going to see what everybody has to offer.”

The 6-foot-4, 267-pounder said he wants to find a place where he can fit in, get decent playing time and be put in a position to reach the next level. Even with his NFL aspirations, he also mentioned academics as an important factor.

“I know (the NFL) is everybody’s dream,” Riles said, “but I still want to get my education. So school is a big plus, too.”

Riles hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior season, but he will take official visits if need be. He won’t commit until he’s completely sold on a school.

“I don’t want to rush into things and make a wrong a decision,” Riles said. “I want to make sure everything is right.”

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13 Comments

  1. June 12th, 2012 2:09 pm

    Would be nice to land this kid, but heard he is really sold on the Bama’s & Saban. Just can’t stand them!!!

    by Arvinator


  2. June 12th, 2012 2:17 pm

    After watching the videos of Powell & Riles @ WM camp, have you ever heard of a recruit not chosing the Gators because of the heat? Both complained it was soooo hot….. Just curious, bored, & thinking!!!

    by Arvinator


  3. June 12th, 2012 3:44 pm

    HOW IS IT THAT BAMA CAN SIGN 400 RECRUITS EACH YEAR??? mANY TIMES WE TALK ABOUT KIDS WATCHING THE DEPTH CHART AT FLORIDA AND THAT IS THE DECIDING FACTOR FOR THEM, THESE KIDS MUST SEE THAT BAMA IS THREE DEEP EVERYWHERE YET THEY STILL GO THERE. I’M SURE SOME OF THESE GUYS GET LOST IN THE NUMBERS AND WIND UP AT SMALLER SCHOOLS OR JC’S, BUT I’M JUST AMAZED THAT BAMA GETS AWAY WITH THIS EACH YEAR, OVERSTOCKING (THAT IS) AND BEATING THE SYSTEM.

    by CREEK GATOR


  4. June 12th, 2012 9:32 pm

    who ever commits first riles or ivey ill be happy to have either

    by travis


  5. June 13th, 2012 4:33 am

    Like it or not, as long as Saban is at Alabama, that’s going to be the program to beat in the SEC. While Muschamp inherited a lot less talent from UM than UM inherited from Zook, he’s still on about a 3 year learning curve with the fan base to produce results. He’s got to recruit SEC caliber talent at least 2 deep across the board. I think the recruiting part is coming along very well considering how far down the program slid. What Muschamp has to do now is to start building a reputation as a winner. For 2012, that means not losing games you’re supposed to win while pulling off an upset or two. We’ll see if Muschamp has bought in coaching talent because that is what football is really all about, teaching individuals to play together as a team to achieve goals. I’m glad Pease is the new OC as I thought Weiss was more of a “name” hire than anything else.

    by Gator Jay


  6. June 13th, 2012 9:23 am

    Saban’s time will be up soon, then we’ll be there waiting… I don’t get why everyone wants to go to Bama either.. and your right.. it does seem like they give out 400+ offers each year and have a stacked depth chart. Gators are heading in that direction, but we must win games we are supposed to win and of course upsets.. let’s start with LSU this coming season.. sounds good to me. GO GATORS

    by Ryan


  7. June 13th, 2012 11:56 am

    Gator Jay is dead on with his analysis, and I agree 100% with therecruiting caliber and let’s see if the COACHING is up to par this year. I also never liked weis, I didn’t think he had done anything anywhere else he had been. People throw the New England patriots at you, but even without him they have one of the best offenses every year.
    Ryan, I hope we are not waiting on sabin to leave Bama before we return to prominence. We have enough talent in this state (if we can keep most of the better ones from going to Bama, OSU, USC, ect) that we should be Championship caliber every year (BAR NONE). Now that will depend on our coaching staff, in many ways. GO GATORS!!!!

    by CREEK GATOR


  8. June 13th, 2012 12:48 pm

    As a Dawg fan, I couldn’t agree with Creek Gator more. Bama has a 3-5 deep depth chart everywhere including the headphone holder and those kids are former 4-star LBs doing that. He grayshirts, medical redshirts, pulls shollys and whatever, but never even hears a whisper of a punishment because he circumvents a flawed system. Can’t fault him for that but it sucks trying to compete with a guy who has no ethics. FWIW, I would rather see Riles pick UF and the stinkin Bamers.

    by T-Dawg


  9. June 13th, 2012 2:43 pm

    I hope one day, Fla will get the best of Ala in head to head recruiting the young guys from the state of Fla. I really believe that the class this year is more improved than last year and next year’s class should even be better. As time goes Muschamp will be developing relationships with more kids, schools and coaches. A think Ala has a great program, but to me SABAN IS SLIMY. I can’t stand him.

    by GoGator


  10. June 13th, 2012 2:50 pm

    I like a number of SEC coaches. Les Miles, Mark Richt, Gene Chizik, of course Spurrier. I think Derek Dooley will eventually will have some success at Tenn. What anyone sees in Saban, I cannot understand. I rate him right next to that sleazeball that left Tenn to go to USC. GoGators.

    by GoGator


  11. June 14th, 2012 7:42 am

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    by Recruiting | MrSEC


  12. June 14th, 2012 1:05 pm

    [...] Updates on RB Josh Mercer, DE Antonio Riles, DE Jordan Sherit, S Marcell Harris and 2014 LB Kain Daub. Each prospect has a story link attached [...]

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  13. June 15th, 2012 2:14 pm

    Im with you guys about nick satan . remember seeing him hold the sears trophy with a faux smile that looked like he had big turd behind it.. the guy never smiles.. he wont be around much longer…I hear the NFL still gives him the itch sometimes… hope your right creek gator… hope your right.

    by sir chomps alot


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