Ridley reels in 'Bama offer

Calvin Ridley is a five-star wide receiver and among the most talked about recruits in the class of 2015, but the Alabama commitment's younger brother held most of the buzz this weekend as many schools, including Alabama, informed his camp of a scholarship offer.

Miami is the local school and perhaps became a front-runner for class of 2016 four-star wide receiver Cavin Ridley upon offering before many others, but the race for the Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch High School standout will feature many programs after his monstrous Friday night.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior snagged four touchdown passes in front of many spectators, and he learned of some good news soon after Monarch routed cross-town rival Coconut Creek (Fla.) High, 49-12.

Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia represented his newest scholarship offers.

The Crimson Tide offer, in particular, generated plenty of headlines considering his older brother -- five-star senior wide receiver Calvin Ridley -- has been committed to play for Nick Saban for nearly seven months. Monarch teammate, four-star safety projection and family friend Shawn Burgess-Becker is committed to UA as well.

"Yea, I have new offer from 'Bama," Ridley said. "I'm proud, because 'Bama is a big school and I know at 'Bama I have a higher chance at the next level."

The elder Ridley has joked with BamaMag.com about getting his younger brother to Tuscaloosa as well, and now those chances have seemingly increased with the verbal offer on the table.

"He's proud to see me doing big things like him," he said. "But we really don't talk about that (playing at the same school) because he knows were I feel comfortable at is were I'll go.

"And I have a another season right now, I'm just focused on Monarch football."

Ridley's 7-on-7 coach, Dennis Marroquin, attended the showdown and wasn't surprised to hear of the news.

"He scored four times today, he's a man among boys," the Florida Fire coach said Friday night. "(The offers) Are a no-brainer. Obviously he's bigger (than older brother Calvin) and very strong."

The production is nothing new for the Ridley family, though there may be more opportunity for Cavin now that Calvin is sidelined with an age-eligibility issue.

"I mean, I've been ballin' but now I'm getting the recognition that I need," Ridley said of his ascent. "My coach is putting me in the right places to make plays. Short (passes) or long -- I've been just taking what the defense gives.

"I have it all this year."

Scout.com currently pegs Ridley as the nation's No. 47 overall prospect and the No. 9 wide receiver projection in the class of 2016. Monarch opens its 2014 playoff slate at home against Miramar (Fla.) High on Friday night.


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