Visit helps solidify Riles’ committment to Florida

Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer defensive end Antonio Riles took his official visit to Florida this past weekend and his first visit to Gainesville since committing to the Gators in July.

“It went pretty great,” Riles said. “I had a really good time and my mom and aunt did too. They hung out with coach (Derek) Lewis and his wife and also with coach (Will) Muschamp’s wife a lot.”

The 6-foot-4, 262-pound Riles has heard a lot of rumors about where Florida wanted him to play and those questions were answered this weekend.

“This visit really help me solidify my commitment to Florida,” Riles said. “I got answers to all of my questions and have confidence in what the staff was telling me.

“One of my questions was the depth chart as I see a lot of good players on it, but Coach Muschamp broke it down for me and also I had been told I would slide inside. But Coach Muschamp said that wasn’t true that I would be playing strong side defensive end.”

Muschamp also informed Riles that the opportunity to play early is there as he could be the backup for freshman defensive end Jonathan Bullard at the end position.

The meeting with Muschamp went well for both sides and Riles came way happy after his meeting with the head coach.

“It was a great meeting,” Riles said. “He said he was excited to have me at Florida and that he was glad that I was a Gator. He said he plans in place to help my future and that he would make sure I was coached up and that coach (Jeff) Dillman would get me right in the weight room.”

After the meeting with Muschamp, Riles and Bryant Young broke down game film, and Young showed Riles how he would be used in the Gators’ defense.

Before the visit Riles had talked about taking other visits to Michigan State or Tennessee, but now he is unsure about those visits.

“I’m honestly not sure I will take those visits now,” Riles said. “Florida is everything I want, and I happy with my decision. And I’m 100 percent committed to Florida, so I don’t think I’ll take those visits.”

Riles was also happy about the new addition of Brad Lawing as he recruited him to South Carolina.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.