Less than a week after he announced intentions to play college football for South Carolina, wide receiver recruit Cavin Ridley shared he will instead enroll early at Georgia.
The 4-star Florida playmaker revealed his new plan Thursday night on Twitter:
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"I took a step back to go over my recruiting options and take an in-depth second look at all the schools on my final list," Ridley wrote. "After talking things over with my family and coaches at Deerfield Beach [High School] I have decided to 'Commit to the G' and become an early enrollee at the University of Georgia."
His declaration gives new Bulldogs offensive coordinator Jim Chaney another promising piece. The fact that Ridley will arrive on campus in January is pivotal, providing the young pass catcher with an opportunity to develop on and off the field during spring camp.
The 6'1 ½", 198-pound prospect spent just two days committed to South Carolina. Ridley provided a public Gamecocks pledge Jan. 2, immediately after the Under Armour All-America Game.
He cited South Carolina's freshly acquired coaching regime, led by former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, as main motivation to commit.
“It’s just the new environment they have going on and all the new coaches they are bringing in,” Ridley told Phil Kornblut of The State. “When they were recruiting me for Auburn, they showed me that they know how to recruit players down South. Now I just have to get up there and compete.”
Those sentiments quickly faded and Ridley reopened his recruitment Monday. He hopped in a rival SEC class three days later.
"This was by far the biggest and hardest decision I've had to make in my life," Ridley wrote. "As you all have seen I've really struggled to choose between some amazing universities with outstanding football programs."
Alabama was also considered a strong contender, due in large part to the presence of older brother Calvin Ridley. The Crimson Tide freshman was America's top-ranked receiver in the 2015 recruiting cycle and leads Alabama with 83 receptions through 14 games.
“I’ve got the chance to play with my brother, but I’ve got to do what’s best for me. I want to be my own man," Cavin told Kornblut.
Georgia adds Ridley to an impressive collection of offensive talent. He joins fellow 4-star receivers Charlie Woerner and Javon Wims, top-rated in-state running back Elijah Holyfield and 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason, who will join him in Athens this month.
The Bulldogs hope to bag another coveted recruit Saturday when 5-star tight end Isaac Nauta announces his choice during U.S. Army All-American Bowl action. The Peach State native will decide between Alabama, Georgia and Michigan.
Ridley, rated No. 32 nationally among receivers in composite rankings, caught 36 passes for 501 yards and four touchdowns as a high school senior, according to MaxPreps.