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Riles is Louisville bound

January 28, 2003

With national signing day just one week from tomorrow, time is running out for high school seniors to decide where they want to play there college football.

Deerfield-Windsor's Wayne Riles has been leaning towards the University of Louisville and now the all-state tight end says that is where he will sign with next week.

One reason why Louisville was the front runner is that new head coach Bobby Petrino wanted Riles at Auburn when Petrino was the Tigers' offensive coordinator.

 In fact, one of the first things Petrino did after arriving in Louisville was to offer Riles a scholarship.

Wayne Riles is just as impressed with the offensive system of Bobby Petrino because it relies heavily on the tight end position.

In fact, Riles says when Petrino was Louisville's offensive coordinator in 1998, the cardinals tight end had an all-American season with 64 receptions.

Wayne Riles said "They have two senior tight ends right now and I could possibly go there and redshirt and then play for four years. So, I have a good opportunity to go in there get bigger, faster and then go in the next year and play." '

Wayne Riles is the first player at Deerfield-Windsor to sign a football scholarship with a Division One school in almost 20 years.

He picked Louisville over the Uuniversity of Kentucky, Troy State and James Madison.