Melvin Ray Visits Tuscaloosa

Melvin Ray, Scout.com four-star wide receiver from Tallahassee-North Florida Christian, (Fla.), took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa Saturday to watch the Tide dismantle the Tennessee Volunteers. Ray talks about the game and if other official visits are on his schedule.




"The visit to Alabama was nice," said Melvin Ray from Tallahassee, (Fla.). "I thought the game was going to be a lot closer. Alabama's offense got on a roll. They got hotter and hotter. There was nothing you could do about them."

"It gets me real excited especially seeing a quarterback play like that. I liked seeing how much they throw the ball. It gets me excited and keeps my hopes up."

Ray spoke with a couple of his future teammates and with the SEC's leading receiver.

"I hung out with Tyler Love for the second time," he said. "I hung out with B.J. [Burton Scott] a little bit as well. I spoke to a few players including D.J. Hall."

"We had a good time and talked about the game. I know he won't be there next year. He told me I had some big shoes to fill. He told me that's why they offered me. Nick Saban knows what players he wants. He told me it's not tough, just a little bit of hard work."

"I spoke to Julio Jones while I was there. Every time I go somewhere he seems to be there. I am trying to get him to do the same thing I did. He always has a good time every time I see him. Hopefully he will find the right place, and it will be at Alabama."

"Julio, Star Jackson and I are all going to take our official visit to Alabama December 7. The coaches are trying to make that a big recruiting weekend."

"I am actually going back to Alabama before my official visit. I am going back for the LSU game next week. I have been really waiting on this game. I am very excited about it."

"I can't wait to see what happens. The fans are going to be so into it. It's going to be loud, and it's going to be fun."

"It makes me feel real good to see how they are doing this season. Nick Saban is one of the best coaches in the country, and he is a great recruiter. It makes me feel really good to see the success they are having already."

"They are still playing with [Mike] Shula's recruits. Everything is looking really good. Everyone is excited. The fans are excited. It's lovely."

Ray stays in contact with the Alabama coaches on a regular basis.

"I speak to Kirby Smart almost every other day and A.C. Carter," he said. "I talk to coach Saban a lot as well. Those are the three I talk to the most."

"I talk to coach [Curt] Cignetti a lot since he is my position coach. When I have gone up there to visit they all make sure they get to speak to us one-on-one."

The four-star receiver from Tallahassee is receiving a lot of pressure and plans to take other official visits.

"They [other schools] are coming after me harder than they ever have. They are trying to work real hard in getting me to de-commit from Alabama," Ray said.

"Florida and Florida State are the main schools. LSU is as well. I still plan to take my visits. I want to enjoy my senior season and go through the rest of the recruiting process."

"I still feel very strongly and happy with my decision to Alabama. You just never know what could happen. I don't feel like my decision is going to change. You want to be happy with your choice. I am happy, and I don't think anything will happen."

"Alabama is the only school I have scheduled a visit. Those other visit dates will come along if I decide to go."

Ray is having a spectacular season with North Florida Christian sitting on top of the rankings.

"The season is going great," he said. "We are No.1 in the state. We are on a roll. We lost in the fourth week when we were No.2, but the No.1 team lost that night as well. We kept winning and winning. They lost another game as well."

"We are getting better and better each week. We are all playing together as well. I am having a great season. We have a 10th grade quarterback who has been getting me the ball. I have over 700 yards receiving and five touchdowns."

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