Kirby Smart and UGA have pulled off an out-of-nowhere recruit.
Florida 4-star receiver Riley Ridley has made the decision to commit to UGA and enroll early. Ridley tweeted out the news on Thursday evening.
He was on campus checking out the facilities and apparently liked what he saw. He told DawgNation.com earlier this afternoon that if he liked the fit, he was just going to stay. He must have liked the fit.
The turn of events is rather surprising as not many folks anywhere had connected Ridley with UGA about two weeks ago. Smart’s reputation helped, but so did the hiring of new receivers coach James Coley. Ridley becomes the 15th commitment for the Class of 2016 at UGA.
He’s also the fourth receiver for this year’s class and joins 4-star Randrecous Davis, 4-star Charlie Woerner and 4-star JUCO prospect Javon Wims. Davis and Wims are pure receivers while the versatile Woerner can also be a big factor at tight end.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 32 receiver for the Class of 2016. He’s the younger brother of Alabama star freshman wideout Calvin Ridley. Ridley chose UGA over Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.
He committed to the Gamecocks during the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 2, but backed off that pledge two days later. He has now made his final commitment to UGA.
Thanks too everyone pic.twitter.com/WErlSN5mf6
— R2 (@RidleyCa) January 8, 2016
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.