Melvin Ray Focuses on Jan. Visit
"I hope to continue to do that when I get to Alabama," Melvin Ray said when asked about making Sportcenter's Top Ten. "It felt real good to play in the state championship. It was actually the first time I have ever been to the play-offs. I got a chance to play in the state championship, and that was great."
"I was able to make some big plays for our team. It felt good to play on the big stage. We could have had it, but we lost in the end. Someone had to lose."
Ray finished his senior season with 58 catches for over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns. He had a sensational year, but understands a need for improvement.
"I am trying to improve my quickness in my routes," Ray said. "I know at the next level I need to be quicker. I feel like I am fast, but speed is going to be a big change. I need to continue to work on my speed and quickness. I think my speed, jumping ability and hands are my strengths."
The 6-foot-4, 204-pounder will head to Tuscaloosa in January and take along a friend who is rated a five-star prospect.
"I am going up to Alabama January 11 for my official visit. T.J. Bryant and I are going up there together. I haven't really thought about any other visits lately. If I decide not to take any visits I am satisfied. I am only focusing on my official visit to Alabama," Ray said.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban made an in-home visit with Ray in December. The conversation included discussion of another sport at the Capstone as well.
"Coach Saban visited with me the week following the state championship game. The visit went real well. He and coach [Kirby] Smart both visited me. Coach Saban talked about playing both football and baseball at Alabama. He loved the idea and said it was fine with him. We talked about everything," Ray said.
"I do want to play both sports in college. I will have options after a few years in college. Football is my primary sport. I am going to see how baseball goes and see if I would like to play it later on in life. If not then I will spend my full time devoted to football. I play in the outfield and pitcher in baseball."
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