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Riles joins Jackets

August 16, 2004

 Atlanta- One week after getting his scholarship release from the University of Lousivlle, former Deerfield-Windsor standout Wayne Riles has found a new college home.

Riles signed a scholarship with Georgia Tech on Saturday and will participate in his first football practice with the Yellow Jackets Monday night.

Wayne Riles is eligible to practice with the Yellow Jackets with the start of the fall semester classes Monday.

However, he will not be eligible to play for the Yellow Jackets until the 2005 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Wayne Riles will take a redshirt this year and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

 Last week, University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich granted Riles a release from his schoolarship where Riles was listed as the Cardinals starting tight end at the start of fall camp.

Riles though was not happy in Lousiville and wanted to move to a school closer to home.

 Georgia Tech is not only close to home for Wayne Riles but his grandfather and uncle are both Georgia Tech graduates 

Riles will be reunited with another Deerfield-Windsor teammate Kyle Belcher who is trying to win the Jackets starting punter's job as a true freshman.

At Deerfield-Windsor, Riles was a four-year starter who earned GISA Class AAA first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior.

He was honored with the John Reynolds Award, bestowed upon the top player in the Albany area, in 2002, when he helped guide Deerfield Windsor to a 13-2 record and the 2002 GISA state title.