April 15, 2012

Riles in no rush?

Archer defensive end Antonio Riles spent most of the week leading up to Georgia's annual G-Day Spring scrimmage trying to figure out where he would visit for the weekend.

As luck would have it for the Bulldogs, Riles decided to make the short trip to the Athens for the scrimmage, and it was the first time his family had a chance to see UGA.

"My parents took me up there, and I was excited about getting up there again," said Riles. "I was begging them to get me up there, so that is how it happened. It was their first time there, but due to G-Day, they couldn't really see anything or talk to coaches much. By the time we got there, it was time to hop on the bus and go to the game. They got to talk to Coach (Bryan) McClendon some, but we will have to get up there another time for them to see everything."

When the three-star defensive linemen was on the way to the Classic City, he had certain expectations for the spring scrimmage, and, as it turns out, his thoughts were right on the money.

"It was exactly how I thought it would be," he said. "I saw the players get after it. I had a good freeling and a good vibe. I have a great relationship with the 2013 commits and was supposed to spend the night but that didn't happen. It was a great trip and I really enjoyed it."

While Riles' interaction with the Georgia coaches was limited on this trip, the Georgia staff has told him exactly how they plan to use him if they get him on campus.

"Coach (Todd) Grantham said they want me as a hybrid type player," he said. "They want me at defensive end, but they want me to maybe do some coverage stuff too in the flats. Coach Grantham has the attitude of the entire defense and he is a really good defensive coach.

Compared to many recruits who already have offers in the 2013 class, Riles came on to the scene a little later than most, but since he received his first offer from Kentucky, his recruitment has begun to move as quickly as any other prospect in the Peach State.

At this point in the process, the 6-foot-4, 260 pound Blue Chipper has enjoyed building relationships and seeing what each school has to offer.

"Getting to know all the coaches has been the best part," said Riles. "I also like just having the vibes I get from the staffs while I am on campus and seeing how they take care of their players. I like seeing how much the fans love the game and all too. It has been really cool seeing all the schools."

When getting to know the coaches, two of the defensive coordinators Riles' prospective schools have stood out due to their NFL experience.

"Coach Grantham has had success in the NFL, and I like that," said Riles. "Also Coach (Dan) Quinn at Florida. He has that experience too. I've gotten to know coaches at those schools really well. I've gotten to know the coaches really well at Kentucky and Clemson well too.""I think playing in the NFL is a dream for us all," said Riles. "I mean, we all want to do that, but I'm focused on being the best player I can be. I want to get an education, and I'll just do my best. If my best gets me to the next level, then that is good. If not, then it won't. It isn't my focus, but it is a goal."

Riles isn't at all hesitant to admit that he is enjoying the recruiting process, but he also knows that making a decision is something that won't be easy.

"I'm just not going to rush things," he said. "It is something I want to be completely sure of. I know I'm not going to be a guy with like eight hats on the table or anything. I want to do it before it gets to that point, I'm going to visit colleges and make a decision then, but I'm not going to rush."

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