A five-star player and the No. 9 overall prospect according to Scout.com, Ridley fills a rebounding and scoring hole in the post for the Longhorns, who return just 10.5 points per game from post players for the 2012-2013 season.
A 6-foot-10, 260-pound center from Richmond (Texas) Bush High School, Ridley averaged 21.5 points, 15.2 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game in leading Bush to a 25-5 record during his senior year. He averaged 22.4 points, 16.2 rebounds and 7.2 blocks per game as a junior. His sophomore year, Ridley helped the Broncos to the Class 5A Texas State Championship, the first in his school's history.
"Cameron is a true post who sees himself as an interior player," said Texas coach Rick Barnes.
The first player to commit to the Longhorns, back in January 2011, Ridley scored 12 points and added nine rebounds and two blocks while helping the West squad to a victory in the McDonald's All-America Game. He topped that performance with 16 points and West squad MVP honors last week at the All-American Championship in New Orleans.
Ridley is the 15th McDonald's All-American to sign with the Texas program, and becomes the second McDonald's All-American, with Myck Kabongo, on the current Texas roster.