Lifelong UGA fan commits to archrival Florida Gators

Antonio Riles, who was a lifelong UGA fan, committed to archrival Florida on Friday.

The 6-foot-4, 271-pounder from Archer High School said he picked Florida over UGA, while also considering Clemson and Tennessee among his 13 football scholarship offers.

“After taking some time and really thinking about everything, I just felt like Florida was the best fit for me,” Riles said.

Florida-bound DL Antonio Riles of Archer HS (247sports)

Florida-bound DL Antonio Riles of Archer HS (247sports)

“My runner-up was definitely Georgia. Georgia was always my first love. But Florida kept on me. I really wasn’t hearing from or having any contact from Georgia. Then I finally saw Florida and it’s a great program. So I pulled the trigger and committed.”

What happened with UGA? Riles said he last talked to UGA assistants Rodney Garner and Bryan McClendon at a team camp in early June. At that time, Riles said he was on the brink of committing to the Bulldogs.

“I was digging everything about Georgia,” he said.

Riles said he left messages for UGA’s coaches on Facebook and over the telephone, but never heard back.

Did his UGA spot get filled by another recruit? “I don’t know. I’m not sure what happened. To the best of my knowledge, I still have an offer from Georgia. If they pulled it, they never told me.”

What does Riles think happened? “I’m not sure. I was leaning to Georgia. I’ve always dreamed about playing there, even before they offered. I guess a lot of things happened, but everything just worked out great for me at Florida. I’m happy.”

Does he have any hard feelings toward UGA? “No, not at all. It’s a good school. You can’t be upset at this point in the recruiting process. They have to do what they have to do, and make decisions that are best for the team. Everything worked out for me. Florida is a great school. I’m excited about playing at Florida.”

What if UGA pursued Riles in the future? “Well … I’m committed to Florida.”

UPDATE: UGA likely has a few other DL targets currently ranked ahead of Riles on their recruiting board, including Mill Creek’s Kelsey Griffin and Jackson’s Jay Woods.

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Chi Town

July 27th, 2012
3:13 pm

but….but…….but…….why would anyone not wanna play in Sanford and Son Stadium?

Puppy fans just got owned.

Dawg Town

July 27th, 2012
3:13 pm

Classy answers by the kid. Sounds like a young man with a lot of character. Hate that it didn’t work out at Georgia but wish you the best at Florida.

Good Luck

July 27th, 2012
3:14 pm

Obviously someone didn’t read the article.

1eyedJack

July 27th, 2012
3:17 pm

Good luck kid. The Dawgs can’t take everybody.

Don't beg kid, it's not cool

July 27th, 2012
3:17 pm

Sounds like he wanted GA more than they need him at the moment.
It happens.

Leroy

July 27th, 2012
3:18 pm

Another good one let go by uga…what a dumpster fire. RTR

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 27th, 2012
3:19 pm

Congrats to Antonio.

boo hoo

July 27th, 2012
3:20 pm

This is the 2nd story today of an impatient recruit getting butt-hurt because UGA has dozens of other recruits that also require attention.

We are how many months from signing day????

Chill out recruits. You haven’t played your final year of HS yet.

straight dope

July 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

Good for Tee. Florida’s a good school and plays good football. Only problem with it is the HBC is a complete and utter buffoon.

Good Dogulee

July 27th, 2012
3:24 pm

hey MC got any info on Derrick Henry annoucing his decision in August?

--- Bitter Spoiled Recruits---

July 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

If the kid said the majic words to —GARNER—–THE RECRUITING COORDNATOR

————IVE DREAMED ABOUT PLAYING FOR GEORGIA MY HOLE LIFE

And he was nolonger presude?????????This is the kids we need, the kid that from childhood

dreams of —-RED and BLACK—————-WHAT THE F__K –RECRUITING COORDNATOR

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

What nice after brunch and before beach news…..Antonio….come on down next year….put on some weight….and work on your technique with coach Young and become a all-conference defensive tackle…on a great Florida defense. Welcome to GatorNation. Now…all the Gators need is Walker, Gilmore, and Sherit…..one one more good LB….and shut Florida recruiting down for this year and continue working on 2014.

--- Bitter Spoiled Recruits---

July 27th, 2012
3:32 pm

GARNER AND TYLER BRAY——need to be on the same team, One throws stones and beer bottles

The other throws BLANKS————aint got time for that PHONE CALL—im eating a half dozen

——————————————–MOONPIES———–GEEEZZ

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

July 27th, 2012
3:32 pm

Good Luck to Riles. So many good players in the 2013 class.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:36 pm

@straight dope
July 27th, 2012
3:21 pm
Good for Tee. Florida’s a good school and plays good football. Only problem with it is the HBC is a complete and utter buffoon.

Straight or crooked…..you need to get off that dope you are smoking. Players like Hargreaves and Riles don’t commit to programs being run by…..complete and utter buffoon(s).”

Good Dogulee

July 27th, 2012
3:36 pm

Bitter: If he dreamed of red & black his whole life then why didn’t he accept the moment he got an offer? we have a couple 3* DT commints already, goto scout, our main target left at that position is Kelsey Griffin who is a much better and higher rated player.

If this guy wanted to be in silver britches so badly he should have jumped on it the moment the chance came.

VA DAWG

July 27th, 2012
3:37 pm

Good luck to Riles. Its ashame that the kid didn’t get to suit up in red & black, but I hope he has a great career except in Jacksonville. Best of luck.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:37 pm

G-Dawg…..

He was asked a question and….frankly….the kid answered it to the best of his ability without really knowing the answer. How is that a reflection on the kid’s manhood? Good grief.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

VA Dawg…

Classy post. I expect the the DL coach at Florida…..former HOF player with the 49′ers……Coach Young…..will take the ex-Dawg lover and turn him into a eater of SEC QBs and RBs…..and become a regret and a thorn in the side for the Dawg coaches in coming years. Hope so. Again…classy post.

Chi Town

July 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

Derrick Henry is gonna look good in Crimson.

LagDawg

July 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

What the hell is going on with the recruiting at UGA. Yea, they have 22 commits, but they are a long ways from 36 and NSD. It is not time to stop recruiting, it is time to kick it up a notch. The class has a lot of quallity players, but need a whole lot more to keep the shelves stocked after this years D is all gone to the NFL. Miscommunication with the S from Plant HS. This is unacceptable. Time to hire another RC. One that can bring. One that can bring in more big time recruits that are ready to contribute immediatly. UGA had two commits at Dawg Night and UF already has half and the FNL has barely started. Is UGA still recruiting or are they hoping to turn some recruits on NSD again. How did that work out last year? They need to get off their asses and get going. No RB, WR and no OLB has been signed. Need more S, CB, OL and DL.

G-Dawg

July 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

Communication is a two way street!! Good grief!! If you want to attend a specific school…then you make an effort, instead of waiting on them. Its called initiative. If you have questions, then search for answers.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

@Good Dogulee…..

I think Van Gorder is going to take Kelsey Griffin out of state to Auburn. From what I have read about Riles……is that he has a world of upside and is very athletic….with a body that can get much bigger and stronger. The Florida coaches were very impressed with him when he visited a few months back…..and really pushed hard for him….made him feel wanted. You would think that the Georgia coaches would have….at least…..returned his phone calls….you think? After all….he WAS a lifelong Dawg fan…and had an offer.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:48 pm

G-Dawg…..

Read the story….he did take initiative….he called the Dawg coach….but they did not bother to call him back. He moved on to better things.

Crimson Tale

July 27th, 2012
3:50 pm

tampa,

what UF player won’t make all-conference? from reading your posts, every one of them will make all-sec or all-american before they leave uf.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:50 pm

LagDawg…..

More than half…..of that two. I guess you did not hear about Vernon Hargreaves III last night…..5 star CB….committed to the Gators before FNL. But he is not going to be there since he is participating in the Gridiron Classic this weekend.

ARdawg

July 27th, 2012
3:52 pm

A fine young lad and good luck to him. Seems a bit premature to commit to FL but hey, he must have felt the need.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:53 pm

Crimson Tale……

A bunch of Florida defenders have already been put on national award watch lists for this year. And I did not say he would be…..I said come down and work to become one. That should be every players goal…right? And I think it certainly is the goal of EVERY PLAYER that shows up on the Florida campus…..but not all get there….at Florida….or Bama….or Auburn….or Georgia…..or SC…etc.

GTDog

July 27th, 2012
3:53 pm

I agree with you about returning the phonecalls Tampa, it just seems like such a common courteousy thing. Right or wrong, the coaches at UGA felt like they have a better prospect, but they can at least return phone calls.

Better prospect or not, hate to lose a kid who’s a lifelong fan AND so well-spoken…

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:54 pm

By the way….Crimson Tale…..you should go back and re-read “all those posts.” Never said that in any of them. But it is your American born right to post things that are not true or factual.

G-Dawg

July 27th, 2012
3:55 pm

Wow, facebook. LOL

ARdawg

July 27th, 2012
3:56 pm

TampaGator

You said it. Riles had an offer from UGA. Apparently the UGA staff wasn’t giving him the rub and a tug that the FL staff was. Did you think even for a second that perhaps there was a reason?

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:56 pm

GTDog….

That was another thing the coaches really liked about Riles…..actually two things…..his academic standing in HS and his obvious good character. He will represent the U of F very well.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

ARDawg….

Obviously….there was a reason……but the Georgia coaches should have returned his phone calls and given him that reason. And whatever that reason was…..I think it is going to come back to bite them….like in a big ole Gator Chomp….bite….over the next 4 to 5 years. The kid will probably redshirt next year and work his way into the Gator DL rotation in the coming years. He needs to added weight and strength. But he already has the athletic ability and the brains to become an outstanding player for the Gators…..and he will be well coached by Coach Young.

ATLBRUIN

July 27th, 2012
4:00 pm

Weak article. Doesn’t even mention if the kid is a DE or DT.

Michael Carvell

July 27th, 2012
4:01 pm

@ATLBRUIN, he said he may play either at Florida. Not sure yet.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
4:02 pm

GDawg…..

Facebook….as you posted…..and phone messages…which you conveniently left out of your post. Don’t leave out important facts in your posts.

McDawg

July 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

what about M. Adams-i thought he was a DT

Crimson Tale

July 27th, 2012
4:04 pm

post from earlier today….you sure you don’t want to take that statement back….you homer!

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
1:35 pm
…….and by the way…..there are going to be a lot of Florida defensive players making a lot of all conference and all national teams by the end of the year….

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
4:04 pm

Jailbird…..

No…..Jesus plays for Coach Richt at Georgia…..and his twin Jesus plays for coach Swinney at Clemson. Tebow plays for the Jets…..but the Jesus twins visit him in between practices….you know….the just pop in through visions.

Flo - Ri - Duh

July 27th, 2012
4:05 pm

Not crazy about this. UGA can’t really say they are no longer recruiting someone because one of their commits at that position may change their mind and then they will need to go back to the next guy. He had a lot of time to think – just took to long.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
4:07 pm

@Crimson Tale
July 27th, 2012
3:50 pm
tampa,
“what UF player won’t make all-conference? from reading your posts, every one of them will make all-sec or all-american before they leave uf.”

@Crimson Tale…..

Nope. Still never said…..”every one.” You proved that with the quote you pulled. Duh.

Pitbull

July 27th, 2012
4:08 pm

If he isn’t an OL then I’m not that upset. We need OL at UGA.

Want to start or at least get a lot of snaps as a first year at UGA. If you are an OL come to Athens.

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

July 27th, 2012
4:08 pm

If he’s good enough to play at Florida he’s definitely good enough to play for Georgia.

I think we all need to realistic about Georgia football. Under Coach Richt Georgia football has peaked. I like Coach Richt as a coach and as a person, but as a program there is nothing more he can accomplish at Georgia. Georgia will elect a Democratic U.S. Senator before they ever win a National Championship.

bucket

July 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

With Riles being 6′ 4″ and 271 already it sounds like he has the body type to play a couple of positions. I haven’t seen his speed numbers so I don’t know if he projects as an end or tackle. Assuming he signs with UF on NSD I wish him well except that one Saturday a year in October.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

Time to go out onto the beach now……welcome aboard Mr. Riles…….come on down…..and get ready to Chomp for the next 4 to 5 years. Go Gators.

Pitbull

July 27th, 2012
4:10 pm

Here is why Mark Richt is the best coach in the SEC and why Tech folks hate him:

Mark Richt has graduated 222 players in 11 years which is pretty much an entire recruiting class each year and won106 games during that same period of time. Georgia probably has the highest winning percentage of any school in the SEC over those 11 years.

Mark has not won a NC yet, but we have been in the SECCG 5 times since he came to Athens and won it twice. Georgia NEVER went to the SECCG before he got here.

Mark’s bowl record is 7-4.

He has run a clean winning program, have never embarrassed us, and we have never been placed on probation during his tenure.

I remember his first year as the UGA head coach when he made the statement that he would rather lose a game than cheat. That puts him way ahead of most other football coaches.

Oh and lets never forget that the reason Tech folks hate him is that he is 10-1 against Tech.

Gator in GA

July 27th, 2012
4:11 pm

Sounds like a classy kid. He earned opportunities at several excellent schools, and picked the place that he thought was a good fit. Welcome to Gator Nation.

straight dope

July 27th, 2012
4:11 pm

Tampa, your coach is an a$$ clown. Don’t get all butt-hurt over it. It is what it is.

Tampa Gator

July 27th, 2012
4:13 pm

before I go……I have a funny….well Dawg fans will not think so….in response to Sammy Davis Jr…..

“Georgia will elect a Democratic U.S. Senator before they ever win a National Championship.”

I think they did both of those things…..way back in 1980…..remember….during the Dark Ages when things were good? Maybe good times will return to Georgia some day……never, never give up hope.

(just laugh)….and then start insulting me with moron, idiot. gayturd…..(but laugh while doing it).