Four-star 2016 Deerfield Beach wide receiver Cavin Ridley was happy he was able to make a few big plays down the field in a game that Alabama offensive line coach and South Florida recruiting specialist Mario Cristobal, formerly the FIU head coach, was able to catch.
Cristobal wasn't the only member of the Crimson Tide present. Ridley's older brother Calvin, already standing out with Bama as a freshman, was also there. Cavin currently has Alabama in his top three with Tennessee and Auburn.
He officially caught two balls for 48 yards and a touchdown but would've been near 150 had other catches down the field, including another touchdown, not been called back for holding.
Here's most of what he was talking about postgame in this interview where we were getting kicked off the field as the band began to play.
Off camera, Ridley added that what he likes about the Volunteers is that three receivers are leaving that could create an opportunity for an impact freshman.
"The key for me is play time, just to make a big impact right away," Ridley said.
On potentially playing together with brother Calvin, Ridley says, "It's just the best fit for me. I just have to get that feeling and feel comfortable."
He adds that Calvin can get in his ear about going to Alabama at times, but that he mostly wants him to make his own decision.
*James Pierre got us caught up on what led him to flip his UM commitment to UNC two weeks ago.
Among the reasons Pierre switched he says are the facilities, academics and family atmosphere.
It also helps that UNC runs plenty of nickel, and that's a position Pierre could thrive in and find the field early as a nickel corner.
On the Al Golden firing, Pierre said, "I was like, 'Naw.' He's a good man, he takes care of his players, he always hangs around and makes sure that they're good. I don't know why he got fired. It's just a business, basically."
*Pierre isn't the only Buck liking the Tar Heels. Four-star 2017 wide receiver Jerry Jeudy postgame was seen wearing UNC attire under his uniform when he removed his jersey and shoulder pads.
Asked if that was a school he's interested in, Jeudy said, "That's a good school. That'll be one of the schools I'm looking to."
A junior, Jeudy says he has "no top" right now, but lists some of his top offers as Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, Texas and Notre Dame.