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Ricky’s McElderry enjoyed being one of the top recruits in football in Alabama. He has fun every Friday night as he prepares to tie him up for the Anniston Bulldogs.
He enjoyed his enlistment visits, and loved the Georgia national hero enough to announce that he would play college football in Athens…before he changed his mind and committed to the University of Alabama on the Fourth of July, potentially cause for fireworks in Tuscaloosa.
The 6-foot-3, 335-pound offensive tackle (who is expected to move inside in college), number 12 on the AL.com roster, said he likes to joke—even playtime.
“I might laugh, but when I play a game, I go from the ‘funny and goofy Ricky’ that everybody knows to somebody that nobody has seen before,” he said. “I can laugh and talk to my teammates before the game, but when I stand up and get ready and it’s time, I’m a completely different guy.
“There’s no more laughing. It’s like a light switch. I’m calm and straight to the point. I know one thing about myself: I’m not soft. I don’t think much about being a tough guy at stake. You can’t play cool when you play football.”
His high school coach said McElderry, rated four-star by Rivals.com and three-star by 247sports.com, has the athletic ability to step in and contribute.
“He can walk all the way to the basketball goal and shoot with a flat foot,” said Rico White. “He’s very athletic. He loves the game, he loves his position. Normally you have to convince the guy to play the hook guy, but he loves it. He’s tough and he can run. Ricky’s brings a lot to the table.”
White also praised the 17-year-old for his personality and drive.
“He comes from a big family,” said the coach. “his mom [Markesha Montgomery] He did an excellent job raising him. She takes it to a higher level, and believe me, he lives by it. Tell him to go get this done and he does it. He knows what it means to be a professional player.
“This kid, he’s ready for the next level. He has the size, the speed and the intangibles that professional athletes have.”
McIldere said that since he started playing football around the age of five, he has always played with his hand in the dirt. “I was always the biggest player on the team.” A novice to the Bulldogs since the ninth grade, McElderry is a two-time All-State Team Choice from the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
“I love playing on the line,” he said. “Knowing what job I have to do and what is required of me, I can do whatever I want with someone in front of me. There is work in every game. As long as I put someone in the dirt, I don’t care if it’s a run or a pass.”
McElderry has taken dual enrollment classes at Gadsden State Community College and will graduate early. “I want to take my team to the state title,” he said. “Then I’m leaving in December and I’ll be on the play-off team to get ready for whatever ball game we’re going to. I’m not nervous about going to Alabama State; I have the mentality of getting there and doing what I’m supposed to do. Before that, I have to do what I have to do while I’m still in Aniston.”
A-LIST NO. 12: Ricky’s McElderry, Aniston
Site: offensive line
length weight: 6-3½, 335.
college status: Committed to Alabama.
Scout Randy Kennedy reports: Committed to Georgia, Ricky’s McElderry was a major priority for Auburn and is now destined to play for Alabama. To be an inside line attacking man in all conferences at the SEC, he’d want to come in at about 320 lbs. It should happen as soon as he enters college.
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