Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
Ridley made the announcement less than 48 hours after the Crimson Tide rallied to stun Georgia 26-23 in overtime on Monday night for the College Football Playoff national championship.
Ridley, who is considered the top draft-eligible receiver by many experts, scored the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard pass with 3:49 left to help send the game to overtime.
“Preparing for a life after college football, regardless of what your future may hold, can be a scary proposition for many athletes especially those who DID NOT attend the University of Alabama,” Ridley wrote. “Having been thoroughly prepared for that next step, I am truly ready, because in the beginning, I chose THE RIGHT SCHOOL.”
— CALVIN RIDLEY (@CalvinRidley1) January 10, 2018
Ridley was Alabama’s top receiver since he started as a freshman in 2015 when he caught 89 passes for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns. For his college career, he caught 224 career passes for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns, including 63 catches for 967 yards and five TDs this season.
In addition, Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne and backup running back Bo Scarbrough will forego their senior seasons and also enter this year’s draft, according to reports.
Payne was the defensive MVP of both the national championship and semifinal games. He recorded 53 tackles, a sack, eight additional quarterback hurries and an interception as a junior this season, including eight tackles and the interception along with a pass breakup in Alabama’s two playoff games.
Scarbrough, who has dealt with multiple injuries during his career, rushed for 1,512 yards and scored 20 touchdowns in three seasons. He suffered a leg fracture in the 2017 national title game.
–Field Level Media