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Ridley officially a Longhorn

RICHMOND, Texas – The long wait is finally over for Rick Barnes and center Cameron Ridley (Richmond, Texas/Bush). On Wednesday, the long time Texas commitment officially became a Longhorn when he signed his letter of intent at Bush High School.

Cameron Ridley is the sixth commitment of Texas' 2012 recruiting class.

The recruitment of the 6-foot-10, 246-pound true center prospect has been one of mystery for months. After committing to Texas on January 14 of 2011, it was assumed that Ridley would sign with Texas on or around November 9 of 2011. The signed letter of intent never came during the early signing period, and the questions of why the McDonald’s All-American didn’t sign went unanswered.

After months of speculation of whether or not he would ever sign, the number one question on the minds of Texas fans was answered Wednesday – with a resounding yes.

In Ridley, the Longhorns are getting a true low block presence at the center position with an advanced skill set on the offensive end.

There is little doubt the national top 25 prospect will be an instant impact player, and at a key position for Texas. While his impact will be felt from jump-street on the offensive end, his ability to change the defensive versatility of the team in 2012-13 can’t be understated. Not only is he a big body with a 7-foot plus wingspan in the middle of the paint, but he provides Rick Barnes and staff the ability to play more 2-3 and 1-3-1 zone than in recent years.

Ridley, along with fellow 2012 class member Prince Ibeh (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest), provides the Texas frontcourt with instant impact shot blocking and shot changing ability and much needed size on the front line.

Ridley was a key cog in Fort Bend Bush’s 2009-10 5A state championship team as a sophomore, and developed into one of the state’s most dominant players as a junior and senior.

As a senior, the TABC All-State 5A selection averaged 22.5 points, 15.2 rebounds and 5.6 blocked shots.

Ridley is the headliner of a six man recruiting class that ranks among the nation’s best.

Texas’ 2012 Recruiting Class:
Javan Felix, PG, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine, 5-foot-9.5, 190 – No. 74 in the 247Sports Top 100
DeMarcus Holland, G, Garland (Texas) Naaman Forest, 6-foot-3.5, 175
Ioannis Papapetrou, SF, Melbourne (Fla.) Florida Air Academy, 6-foot-8, 220
Connor Lammert, PF, San Antonio (Texas) Churchill, 6-foot-9, 220
Prince Ibeh, PF/C, Garland (Texas) Naaman Forest, 6-foot-11, 225 - No. 53 in the 247Sports Top 100
Cameron Ridley, C, Richmond (Texas) Bush, 6-foot-9.5, 246 - No. 24 ranked prospect in the 247Sports Top 100

Longhorns remain in the race for another five-star
While Texas has already assembled a very impressive six-man class, the Longhorns are still in hot pursuit of five-star wing Devonta Pollard (De Kalb, Miss./Kemper County). The 6-foot-7, 200-pound explosive athlete officially visited Alabama last weekend after visiting Texas (January 21) and Missouri (February 4) previously.

The McDonald’s All-American will make his final official visit to Georgetown on April 13 with a decision expected shortly afterwards. The Longhorns continue to receive positive feedback from the Pollard camp. Pollard is the 18th-ranked prospect in the 247Sports Top 100.

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