Alabama Backer Receiving Interest

One of the top linebackers in Alabama receiving interest is Andrew Ridgeway, 6-2, 230 pounds, from Fort Payne High School.

Andrew Ridgeway recorded 104 tackles, with 28 tackles for a loss as a junior, despite playing through injury with a torn meniscus. After playing in the Alabama Junior All-Star game, Ridgeway went through surgery, and is now ready for action. Several schools are beginning to take notice.

"I am receiving interest from Alabama, Auburn, Southern Miss, Georgia, and Penn. I have not received any offers yet. I grew up an Auburn fan, but I don't have any favorites right now," he said.

Ridgeway made a decision to attend the A-Day game in Tuscaloosa, and saw a couple of former teammates on the field.

"I thought Alabama's A-Day game went really good. I was down there watching a few of my old teammates, Marcus Carter and Aaron McDaniel. I had a really good time down there."

The Fort Payne star spent time with his recruiting coach during his unofficial visit to the Capstone.

"I talked to Coach (Chris) Ball for a while. He is my recruiting coach. He seems very honest, and he is a good guy. He will tell you like it is," Ridgeway said.

Ridgeway knows what he will consider when he is ready for his decision.

"First, academics. Then, the need for my position. Location will also play a major role. I don't want to go somewhere they are stacked with my position. The depth chart will play a big role," he said.

Named the Region 7 Defensive Player of the Year, and participating in the Alabama Junior All-Star game, Ridgeway is eager for his senior season. He knows his strengths, and also what he would like to improve before the first game of the year.

"I would have to say my motor is definitely my strength. I play very hard, and I am very aggressive. The main thing I would like to improve is my speed. You can always improve and work on your speed," Ridgeway said.

Ridgeway plans to camp at Alabama, Auburn, and the combine in Auburn, April 30.

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