South Carolina or Alabama?
That's the pending decision for Deerfield Beach (Fla.) WR Cavin Ridley. The Under Armour All-American pared his list down to the Gamecocks and the Crimson Tide today, and might be planning a decision as early as Saturday.
One advantage Alabama has over the Gamecocks: their freshman wide receiver Calvin. The elder Ridley leads the Tide in receptions and was named an All-American and All-SEC second team player for his efforts - he'll be playing for a shot in the CFP title game on Saturday, to boot - and would no doubt love to see his younger brother lining up alongside him on the field. That's if Cavin so chooses to do so. Or, he could go his own way and join the program that Will Muschamp is building in Columbia.
The Gamecocks' incoming offensive players have a chance to make an impact from day one. Quarterback Brandon McIlwain and wide receiver Bryan Edwards will both enroll early and will have a shot in getting acclimated with Kurt Roper's offense this spring. Both are counted among the top players in their class at their position. Adding Ridley, a big-time wideout in his own right, would be another huge boost and would potentially provide the team with several potent offensive weapons in the fall. Along with C.J. Freeman, one of the country's top running backs, the program would possess a strong base of young players that could help it get back on the right track.