UF lands 19th football commitment
Published: Friday, July 27, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.
Before Friday Night Lights could even begin, Florida got good news on the recruiting front.
The Gators landed coveted defensive end Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer), who committed to UF coach Will Muschamp by phone.
The 6-foot-4, 267-pounder camped at UF in June and visited Gainesville three times this year. He chose the Gators over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina, among others.
The Bulldogs were Florida's biggest competition and had the edge early on in his recruitment.
“I actually hated the Gators growing up,” Riles said. “I was a Georgia fan and I told myself if I get an offer from Georgia, I'm taking it. I had never ever seen Florida. Once I did, everything changed. I got over the whole fan factor real quick after I met everybody down there and saw how nice it was.”
His family members also grew fond of Gainesville and their interest in UF sealed the deal for Riles.
“When my family went down there, all of them liked it and that was big deal to me,” Riles said. “They just liked the whole area and they're trying to move down to Florida later on in life. And with it being so close to our home now, it was just convenient for everybody.”
Riles felt he fit in at Florida athletically and academically, and he looks to excel in both departments over the course of his college career.
“I want to compete at the highest level I can to help the team win,” he said. “I'm also going to focus on my education and take everything one step at a time.”
Riles is the third defensive lineman Florida has picked up in this recruiting cycle. He joins Crescent City defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and Dade City Pasco defensive end Joey Ivie, who is the only Florida commit not rated four stars or higher by ESPN.
The Gators now have 19 members for their 2013 class. Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent the first Wednesday in February.
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