Calvin Ridley to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 4-Star WR Prospect

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVApril 19, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

A big day of recruiting for Alabama got even bigger on Saturday afternoon, when Calvin Ridley announced his commitment to head to Tuscaloosa and join the Crimson Tide.

Ridley tweeted a picture of himself in an Alabama jersey to make his announcement:

The 6'2", 170-pound prospect is one of the top wideouts in this year's class. He ranks as the No. 41 prospect in the class nationally, per the 247Sports composite

Those rankings also have him as the third-best receiver in the nation and the 10th-best prospect in Florida.

Ridley joined Monarch High School (Pompano Beach, Fla.) teammate Shawn Burgess-Becker on the Tuscaloosa train Saturday, per's Wesley Sinor. Both committed within an hour of each other, shortly after Alabama's A-Day concluded. 

Both Alabama and Miami lauded Monarch's duo of stud receivers—Ridley and Burgess-Becker—above anyone else. In fact, the Tide seemed to have ground to make up with the 247Sports Crystal Ball predicting both Ridley and Burgess-Becker to go to Miami with more than 60 percent chances, and each had more than 20 writers chipping in. 

But Alabama was able to make a big statement in the 2015 cycle on Saturday by landing both—even with a geographic disadvantage as compared to Miami.

These two Monarch High School standouts haven't been the only ones being talked about by Crimson Tide fans on Saturday.

At the time of Ridley's announcement, Alabama had already landed five commits on Saturday alone, per Sinor's reporting. Five-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, 4-star linebacker Leo Lewis and 4-star wide receiver Jovon Durante all announced their commitments to the Tide. 

247Sports' Marc Torrence summed it up best:

It's far from surprising at this point, considering Alabama's recent success, that it has been able to maintain such domination over the recruiting cycle. But even as it becomes more and more normal, it's nonetheless impressive. 

The Tide ended the season on a poor note by losing their last two games—the last-second Iron Bowl loss to Auburn and the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma.

But with every commitment, it becomes more and more apparent that the Tide's days on top are far from over.


All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.