Roy Williams made an out-of-the-way trip to see Ridley play in Las Vegas last month.
Ridley said he spoke to assistant coach CB McGrath. During the conversation they discussed how they would begin the recruiting process and the topic of scholarship offers was addressed.
"They said they like to get to know their players first before they offer them a scholarship," Ridley said.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound center currently holds scholarship offers from Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Arizona and UNLV. To date, Texas is the only school he's visited.
When asked if North Carolina has discussed a possible visit, Ridley replied, "Not yet."
Although it's the beginning stages of their recruitment of him, Ridley, a standout at Richmond (Tex.) George Bush, said he's interested in the Tar Heels' program.
"I've been watching them over the years," said Ridley, who was born in Fayetteville, N.C. before moving to Texas as a young child. "But North Carolina is a school that I could go to."
Ridley is currently rated No. 20 overall by Scout,com and No. 6 at the center spot.