It has been a whirlwind of a week for Cavin Ridley.
Let's start with Sunday. After he played in the Under Armour All-American Game, the four-star wide receiver committed to South Carolina. That excited Gamecocks fans - and for good reason. Why wouldn't they be? The prospect of him and Bryan Edwards receiving passes for equally touted QB Brandon McIlwain at Williams-Brice Stadium wouldn't have been too difficult to get hyped up about.
Things were good. That was, until Monday rolled around.
In regards to my college decision pic.twitter.com/uLLEbujA3I— R2 (@RidleyCa) January 4, 2016
Very strange indeed. Just days prior, he was a Gamecock. Two days later, he changed his mind. What happened? Cold feet? A longer talk with his family? A desire to join his brother, Calvin, over at Alabama, although he had clearly wanted to make a name for himself elsewhere instead of being seen as "Calvin's little brother" in Tuscaloosa? Interesting, to say the least.
So where would Ridley end up going? We got our answer last night.
Thanks too everyone pic.twitter.com/WErlSN5mf6— R2 (@RidleyCa) January 8, 2016
One can only speculate the exact reason why Ridley changed his mind so quickly. We may never know, but for someone to commit, only to change his mind not even 48 hours later and then pledge to another school in the same division, just seems a bit off. (And I realize it's probably not the first time it's happened.) Maybe he felt that the staff was pursuing a much larger target? Or did he feel that with Edwards already in the fold, he wouldn't get the opportunities he deserved? It's hard to put a finger on.
Regardless of Ridley's brief commitment, then non-commitment, Will Muschamp has done a great job of bringing talent in and retaining the previous staff's pledges in his short time in Columbia. In this case, you can hardly fault him for ultimately losing out on what would have been a strong talent.