Alabama on the inside track?

Teammates and "like brothers" Shawn Burgess-Becker and Calvin Ridley have taken several visits to big-time programs together this fall. Alabama had its turn when it hosted LSU and there has already been a return trip to Tuscaloosa planned. Get inside for more.

"Were like brothers, we grew up with each other since the third grade," Shawn Burgess-Becker says of his fellow four-star junior teammate and fellow-two way talent Calvin Ridley.

The two were in Tuscaloosa for the LSU game earlier this month and it was the latest setting in which each -- both holding offers from the Crimson Tide – talked about playing together at the next level.

"We talk about it a lot," he said. "We were talking about Baylor, we can both pay receiver and see a lot of teams happy for us and our families. We talk about FSU, LSU and ‘Bama.

"It happens a lot, but we were more focused on the game."

The contest was a 38-17 win for the home team, but Burgess-Becker has more to keep up with than most recruits. He's an elite athlete with the ability to play wide receiver or in the defensive backfield at the next level.


Burgess-Becker and Ridley (pictured here) can each play both ways.

"Once I got up there, it was good, it was cold, but it was fun to watch," he said. "I was watching [Amari] Cooper and [Landon] Collins and I was focused on the plays they ran. It was good, they get their receivers the ball, but they could get it to them a little more.

"Defense-wise, they have a really good run-stop defense, some of their corners had blown coverages, but overall they did pretty good. I watched LSU, I watched both of their receivers and their defense too. They has a couple of plays that lost them the game."

The pursuit from Alabama to the Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch two-way star is led by Nick Saban.

"I think they still want me as an athlete, most people say athlete, so I just go with that," Burgess-Becker said. "He (Saban) wants me and Calvin to come up and take over this summer and get more time to talk to the coaches and meet with them."

The pair is planning on doing just that, and it could be timely for Alabama as well, as it will be ever-so-close to the time that each is planning on narrowing things down before making a commitment.

"I'm pretty sure it will happen my senior year," Burgess-Becker said. "I'm just traveling now and getting me meet new players and coaches to see how it fits me."

Scout.com currently pegs Burgess-Becker as the No. 3 safety prospect in the class of 2015 and Ridley as the No. 7 cornerback prospect at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds.


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