The ‘Ryde Outs’ Have Found Their New Member
It's no secret the Alabama receiving core throughout the Saban era has been one of the best in the nation consistently, pumping out products like Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Jerry Jeudy - the list goes on. Each year Alabama puts out a set of top wide receivers that can compete with anyone in the country, and this year is no different.
From the days of Julio Jones and Marquis Maze, to the attack of the affectionately named "Ryde Outs" consisting of Jeudy, Ruggs, Smitty, and Waddle, the Tide has stayed wildly consistent. This season thus far has seen Devonta Smith continue to embarrass defenses, Jaylen Waddle develop into a true number one type receiver, and John Metchie III emerge as the Crimson Tide's next great wide-out.
Metchie had his first breakout game last weekend against Texas A&M with five catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns, one of which came on a true display of his speed when he outran the entire A&M secondary en route to a 78 yard burner.
While many Tide fans may have heard Metchie's name this weekend for the first time, he was a highly touted four-star recruit out of New Jersey. The sixth ranked receiver in the state, according to 247Sports, Metchie racked up 2500 receiving yards and 47 total touchdowns in four years of varsity football. Not only did he accumulate huge receiving totals, he also ran for 1300 yards in high school as well.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Ghana and Canada, Metchie came to the states for high school to showcase his football talents. He spent 3 years in Maryland at St. James School and then decided to go to The Peddie School in New Jersey, a prep school where colleges began taking notice.
Metchie eventually chose Alabama over the likes of Georgia, Penn State, Michigan, and many more, and it may be safe to say his decision is starting to pay off. The Crimson Tide have reloaded at receiver this season; expect to hear John Metchie's name a lot.
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