TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Lawrenceville, Ga., defensive end Antonio Riles has been on the University of Alabama’s radar all spring. He came to the Crimson Tide’s first prospect camp this week hoping to earn a scholarship offer.
After a strong showing on Monday, Riles did just that, but it came as a surprise to the 6-foot-4, 261-pound defender.
“I was mesmerized,” Riles said. “I actually didn’t think I was going to get it because I didn’t think I did enough, but I just kept working hard at practice giving my all. I was just trying to soak in everything that coach [Chris] Rumph was showing us."
Riles, who arrived in Tuscaloosa on Sunday but didn’t work out until Monday, spent most of the day with Rumph, UA’s defensive line coach.
“I mostly worked with Coach Rumph the whole time,” Riles said. “It was very high tempo, and he is a great coach. He really wants you to get better, and he’s not going to cut you any slack.”
The Archer High School product worked all over the defensive line and showed different techniques in the one-on-one drills. The highlight of the day came when he got to go up against five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil in one-on-one drills.
“That was a big honor going against him,” Riles said. “I respect him a lot. I bull rushed him but when it was time to make a move to the quarterback, he kind of got me a little bit. We were battling.”
Riles now has 13 offers, and although he doesn’t have any favorites, he said Alabama is a school that stands out. Riles plans to visit Florida this weekend.
Tide move up for McGee after offer
Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered another Georgia defender, linebacker Shaun McGee, after he enjoyed his own standout performance at the Tide’s camp on Monday.
“I was kind of nervous going into it, but the meeting went really well,” McGee said of his time spent with Saban. “He had a lot of good things to say. With the offer, I was kind of shocked at first, but it all just turned into excitement. I was really happy.”
McGee has seen his stock take off this spring and he now has over 20 offers. Most schools wanted to see McGee, a defensive end at Brookwood High School, play linebacker where he projects better at the next level.
As a linebacker at Alabama’s camp, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound prospect worked under UA defensive coordinator Kirby Smart for the most part. Smart also serves as McGee’s main recruiter.
“Me and Coach Smart started building a relationship awhile ago, so getting coached by him was pretty fun,” McGee said. “I learned a lot from him. He gets pretty mad when people don’t do what you tell them to do. But he’s a really good coach. We had a lot of time to talk when I was up there.”
With the offer, Alabama instantly became one of McGee’s top schools. He plans to take oen of his five official visits to Tuscaloosa in the fall.
“I’ve been following them for a minute,” McGee said. “I just love their program. I love how they take care of their players and how they accomplish everything that they want to accomplish. Of course, playing for a coach like Coach Saban, that in itself says a lot.”
McGee may look to earn yet another offer when he competes at Florida’s camp next week.