McDonald's: Cameron Ridley Spotlight

Five-star center Cameron Ridley didn't sign early, but he says not to worry.

Five-star center Cameron Ridley has been one of the better interior prospects in the class of 2012 for quite some time. Ridley is a native of Houston who committed to Texas but didn't sign. Now the McDonald's All-American is ready to put the rumors to rest while also enjoying his time in Chicago.

At 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, Ridley is one of the bigger prospects in the country. His long arms allow him to be an excellent shot blocker, and also he rebounds and has a nice touch. All of that got him into the McDonald's game which helped him live out a dream.

"It is a fun experience that I have dreamed about," said Ridley. "I am just happy to be in this position. I am very blessed and excited for this opportunity."

Along with Ridley, three other Texas natives, Isaiah Austin, Marcus Smart, and Rasheed Sulaimon are all in the game. Ridley says it is an honor to be representing his state with three other prospects.

"It makes me proud as a Texan," he explained. "I think we are representing our state well. Usually there is a Texas person in it, but this is probably the most ever. I think we all deserve it and have all worked hard to get here."

While Ridley isn't one of the five uncommitted prospects at the game, he is unsigned. Ridley decided not to sign with Texas during the early signing period, but he says there is no worry about him going to any other school or about delaying his enrollment.

"At that time there was a lot going on," said Ridley of his decision not to sign early. "I had to re-take my ACT to make sure I passed and I am still going to Texas. I am going to sign in the late signing period, just earlier in the year I had a lot going on and decided to wait until later."

When the late signing period does begin in April, Ridley says it will be a huge weight off of his shoulders to finally be able to put pen to paper.

"It is going to give me a lot of relief," explained Ridley. "It will get rid of the rumors of me re-classifying and just stop the rumors. I am looking forward to it."

While it might not be official yet, there should be no surprise for Texas when it comes to Ridley and him having a chance to make an impact next season.

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