Riles Follows His Close Friend to USF

As expected for several weeks, South Florida has picked up a commitment from 2016 Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards wide receiver, Kalen Riles.

As expected, Kalen Riles, a 6-foot, 175-pound productive wide receiver out of Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards High School, has verbally committed to Willie Taggart and the South Florida Bulls, who've been outstanding on the recruiting trail as of late.

Now, with still two seasons of prep football left to play before arriving in Tampa Bay, Riles has his mind made up and will have the opportunity to play BCS football with fellow Bulls commit and best friend, Armunz Mathews.

"On the visit, I liked it a lot and I like the fact that they took interest in my education before me playing football for them," Riles said.

"I liked everything about the campus and it was real nice and beautiful. I can see myself for the four years after I graduate high school. It was kind of a big factor with (Armunz Mathews) committed there, but I was thinking about what USF could help me with my future playing football."

Riles, who accounts for scholarship offers from LSU, East Carolina and Akron as well, made it official with the Bulls' head man late Sunday afternoon.

"Coach Taggart, he liked the fact that I wanted to commit right now," Riles said. "He said he's going to help me as long as I help him."

Riles' head coach, Quintin Lewis, spoke to Scout.com's Patrick Burnham in the spring and had this to say about his star pupil, whose success goes much further than the football field.

"He understands football and he also has 3.5 grade point average. He is going to blow the test up and he is going to have everything in place. Kalen is one of the hardest workers I have seen. He has everything you need. I will be surprised if he doesn't succeed in football," finished Coach Lewis.

Riles becomes South Florida's third verbal commitment in the 2016 class, joining Armunz Mathews and Mi'Cario Stanley.

As a sophomore in 2013, the rising junior hauled in 33 receptions for 452 yards and eight touchdowns.