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Alabama Class of 2015 receiver only eligible for 3 games this fall

No, we are not looking into the future at the 2015 Alabama outlook just yet, but this is a bit of an interesting story out of the state of Florida. One of Alabama’s recruits lined up for the Class of 2015, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, will only be eligible to play three games this fall for Monarch High School. The reason? An age restriction.

Ridley will be 19 years and nine months old following the third game of the season, which is the maximum age allowed for football players in the state of Florida by the Florida High School Athletic Association. That will allow Ridley to play in just three games this season for his high school in his senior season. His high school’s athletics director, James Klemke, told The Sun Sentinel there will be no appeal.

Ridley is a five-star wide receiver and top ten receiver nationally in the Class of 2015 according to Rivals. Ridley committed to Alabama in April as Alabama was already underway in organizing what will likely be another one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. Staying in shape after he is done playing football will be key. It does not appear there are any restrictions on working out with his high school team after his eligibility runs out, but expect Ridley to do whatever he will be able to in order to stay in as close to game shape as possible as he prepares to head to Alabama.

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17 Responses to “Alabama Class of 2015 receiver only eligible for 3 games this fall”
  1. canetic says: Aug 19, 2014 9:20 PM

    Almost 20 years old and in high school? No wonder he’s going to Bama.

  2. cometkazie says: Aug 19, 2014 9:37 PM

    When I was 19y 3mo old, I was in the second semester of my sophomore year in college.

  3. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 19, 2014 9:58 PM

    Wouldn’t Alabama’s Class of 2015 mean he’s graduating in the spring?

  4. erockfox says: Aug 19, 2014 10:04 PM

    If he’s that old, and just entering his senior year of high school…..was it grades that kept him back the first time (or two?)? Are they even sure this “kid” is going to qualify?

  5. lanzurrah says: Aug 19, 2014 10:08 PM

    Holy cow, I was 16 for half my senior year.

  6. 1990tiger says: Aug 19, 2014 10:10 PM

    So he will be close to 21 by the time graduation rolls around next May (note I didn’t say by the time he graduates). Wow! I wonder if he really is good or if he just looks good playing against other high school kids who may be as young as 13 years old.

  7. dmcgrann says: Aug 19, 2014 10:12 PM

    I was in eighth grade with a nineteen year old kid, who wasn’t around in ninth grade. From the way he acted, I assume that was because he was in the penitentiary.

  8. jimbo75025 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:46 PM

    erockfox says: Aug 19, 2014 10:04 PM

    If he’s that old, and just entering his senior year of high school…..was it grades that kept him back the first time (or two?)? Are they even sure this “kid” is going to qualify?
    ——
    I would not be shocked if one of the years was as a result of his parents requesting him to be held back before he finished middle school. A kid a year older than everyone else can look like a beast when you are talking about high school kids.

    Sadly had parents of a few of the kids I knew when I was younger do that-and this was 20 years ago. I would imagine the phenomena has only gotten worse in the last few decades.

  9. manik56 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:15 PM

    There has to be a funny story to this rule. I just envision a Florida HS team full of 21 year old men.

  10. ducksk says: Aug 19, 2014 11:23 PM

    Holy shite. I guess 8th grade was the best 3 years of his life. Bam…..a

  11. dmarado says: Aug 19, 2014 11:38 PM

    Lol bammers are dummies

  12. planecrashguy says: Aug 19, 2014 11:57 PM

    What about those 25 yr old LDS men playing for BYU, Utah, USU etc.?

  13. paoconno says: Aug 20, 2014 12:45 AM

    Could have been a parent holding the kid back for athletic reasons…and it worked! He was basically a HS Senior last year, dominating competition he had a distinct physical advantage over…and it got him a 5-star rating and a free ride to Bama.

    I know former ND, current Bears QB Jimmy Clausen was also held back early for sports and was a 16 year old HS freshman.

  14. Romulus says: Aug 20, 2014 9:23 AM

    Jeez, no wonder he’s a five star. He’s a young man amongst boys

  15. dhardy8207 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:42 AM

    Love how all these rocket scientist (cough**cough) adults are knocking this kid without knowing why he hasn’t graduated. Some start later than others because their birth date falls in the latter months of the year. Some may get held back by their parents/teachers at some point because they may not have progressed in a particular subject enough to thrive in the next grade.

    He will still be 19 when he graduates. The point is he is still pursuing his education. Would all you intelligent critics feel better if he quit and took his GED?…

    Anyhoo, carry on with the hate…

  16. Straight Cash Homie says: Aug 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    Well we know who will be buying the rest of the team beer when he finally makes it on campus.

  17. gymman777 says: Aug 20, 2014 1:55 PM

    Wow…. IDIOT AUBURN FANS….
    Auburn’s Athletic Graduation rate is the 6th WORST IN THE NATION.

    Alabama’s in the Top 20.

    Auburn Football most recent graduation rate was 64% …THE EXACT SAME AS THE ENTIRE ATHLETIC TEAMS AVERAGE.

    Alabama’s is 75% Tied with Florida for 3rd in the SEC …Only behind Vandy and LSU…..

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