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Jeudy, once again, gets compared to Ridley
South Carolina cornerback commit Jamyest Williams was on the wrong side of a Vine back in July at The Opening. During a cat-and-mouse drill at the elite high school competition, Alabama wide receiver commit Jerry Jeudy hit Williams with a devastating juke move. Technically, Williams did touch him, signifying he won, but everyone in attendance was just in awe with Jeudy’s amazing crossover.
Flash forward two months to the Deerfield Beach vs. Grayson game this past Friday with the two elite recruits were matched up 1-on-1 once again. This time, there was no doubt Jeudy had won.
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) September 17, 2016
Jeudy, in what has really become a signature move for him at this point, hit Williams with a killer juke move for the easy score. Williams, who is South Carolina’s top-rated recruit, spoke with SEC Country after that game and was very quick to dish out praise for the future Crimson Tide wide receiver.
“I think he’s going to do his thing at Alabama,” Williams said of Jeudy. “He reminds me a little of Calvin Ridley. They both have really quick footwork.”
Williams isn’t the only person to think Jeudy is akin to Ridley, but Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn took it a step further with his praise. Glenn said not only is Jeudy’s game similar to Ridley’s but also to one of Alabama’s greatest wide receivers.
“He’s a football junkie,” Glenn said. “He’ll watch Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley, who are some of his favorites. When you see him play, you can see a lot of those guys’ game in Jerry’s game. He’s the kind of guy that if you go to a camp and there are like 500 kids there, he’ll get 50 to 60 reps because he’s that competitive.”
Jeudy and Ridley actually are good friends. Shortly after Jeudy announced he committed to Alabama, he FaceTimed with Ridley. The two were teammates during Jeudy’s freshman year when he attended Monarch High School. One of the main reasons why he ultimately chose Alabama was because of his friendship with the Tide receiver.
“I’ll have one more year with Calvin, and he’ll teach me the ropes,” Jeudy said. “He’ll show me how he got stuff done. He’ll show me the way.”
The Under Armour All-American is rated as the nation’s No. 6 wide receiver, but it’s hard to imagine that there are actually five better recruits at the position in the Class of 2017 when you talk to opposing defensive backs.
Williams did get a little payback after that touchdown above with a pick-six that was thrown in Jeudy’s direction, but it didn’t come easily. The 4-star cornerback explained just how difficult it is to defend Jeudy.
“It’s really tough, but it all comes with patience and technique,” Williams said. “He’s a really nice guy and a really good receiver. He’s got some really quick feet, but guarding him all comes with patience.”
Jeudy, who hails from South Florida, will have some big shoes to fill from other Alabama receivers who left the area to become members of the Crimson Tide — Ridley and Cooper. But if anyone can live up to those lofty expectations, it’s Jeudy.
— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) July 23, 2016
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