Lawrenceville, Ga., defensive end Antontio Riles enjoyed his visit to the University of Florida on Saturday.
“It was a great visit,” Riles said. “It was a real nice campus and it was first time seeing everything so it was cool. It was also my first time seeing the Swamp and it was a huge stadium. When I walked out on the field I was trying to imagine how loud it would be.”
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Riles met with several coaches on Saturday, but left without a scholarship offer. However, that is no longer the case.
“I met with (UF assistant) coach (Derek) Lewis on Saturday and he told me they were going to evaluate my tape and talk about it with the coaches and get back to me,” Riles said. “On Monday, I talked to coach Lewis and coach (Will) Muschamp, and they told me that they had watched my tape and were ready to offer me a full scholarship to Florida.”
This is the Archer prospect’s second offer with the other also coming from a Southeastern Conference school.
“Kentucky was my first offer and now Florida makes my second offer,” Riles said. “The Florida offer is huge, but I also know that I need to continue working hard and getting better. I plan on working on my speed and ability to rush the quarterback, and just get stronger this offseason.”
Riles said after speaking with Muschamp, he has an idea of how he would be used at Florida.
“He was talking to me about playing inside on the defensive line and moving to outside some as well,” Riles said. “I know that he runs multiple defenses, so I think I would fit in well. I really like the intensity his defense brings to the game.”
Now that Riles has visited the Florida campus once, he is looking forward to going back for another visit.
“The first visit was great. I had a really good vibe about it and it felt like home,” Riles said. “I could get use to it. I’m going to get back down there soon for a spring practice.”
Riles said he also plans to visit Kentucky and Georgia over the next few weeks.