FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was one of the top performers at The Opening, Nike’s premier summer football camp, earlier this month. His quarterback for the majority of his receptions was 4-star Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa.
That connection the pair established at Nike’s world headquarters is going to continue in college.
Jeudy, a 4-star prospect from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School, committed to Alabama during a live ceremony Thursday at a restaurant in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
With a big smile on his face after his team won the 7-on-7 tournament at The Opening, Jeudy told SEC Country that he could visualize himself catching passes from Tagovailoa in Bryant-Denny Stadium come 2017.
“That’s a great quarterback. He’s a very special quarterback,” Jeudy told SEC Country. “He made good reads all day and he has a great arm. He’s a wonderful kid. Everyone loves him. Every time someone gets mad, he just brings them right back up. He’s always happy.”
Tagovailoa was named the Elite 11 MVP at The Opening, and one of the reasons for his success was Jeudy’s play throughout the camp. Jeudy was Tagovailoa’s main wide receiver target throughout the majority of the competition. He finished with 31 receptions, 502 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jeudy led the tournament in receiving yards per game.
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Not only is he familiar with Alabama’s current commits, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect is very familiar with the Alabama program itself. He’s good friends with Alabama sophomore wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Jeudy and Ridley were teammates when the former attended Monarch High School before transferring to Deerfield Beach.
“Every time I go (to Alabama) it feels like home,” Jeudy said. “They treat me like family there. The coaching staff has kept it real with me since the beginning. They never change their message to me. They tell me the same thing when I go up there.”
Like Ridley, who wowed the college football world last season, Jeudy himself has become a social media star in the recruiting world.
At nearly every camp he attends, the South Florida prospect makes opposing defensive backs look silly. At The Opening during the cat-and-mouse drill, Jeudy went up against Jamyest Williams, one of the nation’s top athletes, and nearly juked him out of his shoes.
Fast forward a few weeks later, Jeudy attended Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp and once again stole the show. During 1-on-1s, Jeudy lined up across from 2019 defensive back Akeem Dent and ran a stop-and-go.
Jeudy’s nasty move led Dent to bite and tackle air while the receiver easily caught a touchdown pass.
It’s those kinds of plays that has Alabama quarterback commit Mac Jones pumped up for the future.
“Excited is an understatement,” Jones told SEC Country. “He’s more than a football player I have seen him on and off the field. He’s a likeable guy. He’s humble for being so talented. He always has things to say about everyone besides him first. He’s got it all — vertical speed, quick cuts, good blocker and has great size to be able to compete in the SEC.”
The Under Armour All-American’s recruitment isn’t necessarily over. He is expected to take visits and schools will not stop their pursuit of the explosive receiver.
Alabama fans can hope that Jeudy’s highlight-making plays continue in 2017, only then they’ll be in a Crimson Tide jersey.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.