January 12, 2008

Ray holding firm to Tide

North Florida Christian receiver Melvin Ray established himself as one of the top playmakers in the Sunshine State during his phenomenal senior season and the 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide out earned himself an invitation to the Offense-Defense All-Star Classic in Miami where he shined as one of the top players at the event.

"It was a good experience. The weather was bad and the game was sloppy but it was good to hangout with the other players. The footing was bad so that hurt us skill guys but you can't really blame anyone for that. Nobody can control the weather," Ray said. "I would have liked to put up a big game but our defense did a good job for us and we managed to pull out a win. That made us all happy and overall I would say I had a fun time."

After returning home from the Offense-Defense Game, Ray will shortly hit the road again when he takes his official visit to Alabama next weekend.

"I always look forward to going back to Alabama. I have a good time there and I know my official visit will be fun and I will get to hang out with some of the other guys in the class," Ray said. "I've been there a few times but I look forward to hanging out with everyone and catching up with the coaches. When I'm there, Alabama feels like home so you can't go wrong with that."

Ray will be accompanied on his visit by a pair of highly-touted prospects from his home state of Florida.

"I'm driving down Friday and T.J. Bryant and Jabaris Little are also going with me. We are good friends and they want to see what Alabama has to offer. They've been there before so they know what to expect," Ray said. "For me it will be my first official visit and I'm excited about that. I don't have any others planned but it's possible I could go over to LSU just to see it but I'm not sure about that.

"I'm still firm to Alabama. I've been that way since I committed. When I did decide on Alabama I did so after a lot of consideration and the understanding that it was the place for me."

As a senior, Ray hauled in 53 catches for 1,058 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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