Over the last year it has become quite apparent that LaBryan Ray -- who you can see in action in the video above -- is the state of Alabama's top football prospect in the class of 2017. The four-star Madison (Ala.) James Clemens defensive end standout has become one of the most coveted prospects in the entire South region, including from each in-state SEC program.
But the Alabama Crimson Tide has one edge no other program currently does -- a current commitment helping the cause every step of the way. Kyriq McDonald, who put on a show Friday night in helping the Jets to a big win over Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville, says he recruits Ray to the program every chance he gets.
"Always," he said with a laugh. "Every day. I just come up to him and ask him, 'you make that decision yet?' And he's like, 'I don't know, Alabama A&M!' He just messes with me all the time."
The two, along with linebacker Monty Rice, have talked about playing for the same college program. Either way, they remain close and happen to each lead the top defense in the Yellowhammer State this fall.
Ray has a top group of six SEC schools and he has visited four over the first month of the season. Along with McDonald, he was in Tuscaloosa when UA opened up its home slate by defeating Western Kentucky two weekends ago. The current commitment hasn't yet ruled out the state's best joining him at the next level.
"I feel pretty confident," McDonald said. "No matter where we go, he's a good person, he's going to take care of himself . We're going to meet back up sometime, that's my boy for many more years to come.
"We won't lose connection if we don't go to the same college."