Riles talks Vol visit

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Defensive linemen are one of the most critical pieces in a 3-4 defensive scheme, like the one currently being installed by Tennessee coordinator Sal Sunseri.

One player that both coaches and commitments are trying to get to Rocky Top is three-star defensive end Antonio Riles, who took in the Orange & White game Saturday.

"I got to go in the locker room and talk with coach Dooley and I talked to some of the commits," Riles told InsideTennessee. "I talked to the defensive end commitment, Jason Carr, he was telling me about everything."

Riles, a 6-foot-4, 265-pounder, has offers from Tennessee, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville and Missouri.

The Lawrenceville, Ga., native was on his second trip to Rocky Top, this time accompanied by his friend Chris ‘Tra' Palmer.

"I enjoyed myself," Riles said of the visit. "I went up there with my boy Chris Palmer and we had a really good time at the game. I got a chance to talk with coach Dooley, coach Ansley and coach Graham.

"It was my second time at Tennessee. It was everything that I expected."

Antonio Riles

"It was my second time at Tennessee. It was everything that I expected. The fans were great at the game and I really enjoyed talking with the coaches today."

Running backs coach Jay Graham took over the recruitment of Riles from former recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph.

"Coach Graham is my main recruiter at Tennessee right now," he said. "We have a pretty good relationship and talk on the phone every now and then. He seems like a good guy."

While Tennessee impressed over the weekend they still have some ground to make up in order to win the services of the Archer (Ga.) High School product.

"My No. 1 right now is Florida, but I also like Tennessee and Clemson a lot right now," Riles said Saturday. "I am just trying to get a look at everyone and weight the options."

Riles posted a strong junior season, racking up 53 tackles and six sacks. Now his focus is on finding the right home at the next level.

"I am looking for a place that I can call home for four or five years," Riles said. "I want to be able to get on the field and be a productive player."

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Chris Price is a staff writer for He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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