Riles Talks About His Visit to Auburn

Talented athlete Jervoahnte Riles talks about his weekend visit to Auburn.

Bessemer, Ala.--A big-time athlete who has the size and athleticism to play several positions, Bessemer City's Jervoahnte Riles took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Saturday to get a better feel for coach Gene Chizik's program. While it wasn't his first trip to the Plains, Riles says he got to see a different side of things on his latest visit.

"Auburn was real nice," Riles says. "I have been down there several times to see them play football. On Saturday I wanted to see the campus and facilities and the weight room. I also wanted to see them practice. I had not seen that at Auburn. I have seen most every other team practice. I really enjoyed everything about it."

A teammate of Auburn signee LaDarius Owens, Riles says he gets plenty of advice and information from Owens about the recruiting process and the Tigers in general. Even with the extra attention, Riles said he's not sure how it's going to impact his thoughts on Auburn.

"He tells me things," Riles says. "He's behind the scenes telling me some history and things like that. In the end it has to be me that makes the decision. It would be nice to play with a teammate again, but if it's for me it's for me and if it's not then it's not. Most likely with the way they're talking it could be for me."

At 6-4 and just over 210 pounds, Riles is being recruited as an athlete by most of the schools on his list after playing both linebacker and wide receiver last season for Jess Lanier. Riles says that he feels equally at home on both sides of the ball.

Meeting with Auburn's coaches, Riles notes he's still waiting on an offer from the Tigers after getting offers from schools such as Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Also hearing from Alabama, Tennessee and others, Riles said Auburn's coaches told him they're going to keep watching him to see how he progresses.

"I have struggled with my grades," Riles says. "I have them up now. They told me they want to watch me during spring practice."

With a pair of offers and more schools showing interest, the opportunity for an early commitment is out there for Riles. He says for now his focus is on finding out as much as possible about his schools before he begins to even think about a decision.

"I want to wait until my senior year," Riles adds. "I want to find the perfect school for me to play in college. I don't have any favorites. I just want to go to college free."

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