GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Defensive end Antonio Riles (Lawrencville, Ga./Archer) committed to Florida on Friday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 261-pound athlete, chose the Gators over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Louisville and Michigan State among others.
Riles said the academics at Florida played a key role in his decision to commit.
"Everything felt right," Riles said. "From the academics standpoint, I feel like I can't lose there as far as academics, athletics and everything else."
Riles, a four-star prospect by ESPN, said he wanted to commit at Friday Night Lights tonight but was not able to attend.
"I wanted to go down there today at Friday Night Lights and make it official to coach [Will] Muschamp face-to-face, but unfortunately I couldn't make it down there," he said. "I had to go ahead and call him and tell him. He was real happy. He said he was fired up about it."
With Riles commitment, the Gators now have 18 commits ranked four-stars or higher by ESPN. Riles becomes the first defensive end to commit to the Gators and the 10th defensive prospect overall. Florida's 2013 recruiting class is the No. 3-ranked class in the country.