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.
“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.”