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SRV’s Ridley aims for scholarships

Caden Ridley had two touchdowns in San Ramon Valley's 35-28 win at Las Lomas. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Caden Ridley had two touchdowns in San Ramon Valley's 35-28 win at Las Lomas. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

San Ramon Valley junior receiver Caden Ridley has seen all of his friends carve out college scholarships, and he’s looking to do the same.

Many of his fellow Wolves teammates are off to play at the next level. Senior tight end and defensive end JP Murphy is a San Diego State signee. Senior lineman Kyle Ecker will play at the University of San Diego. Junior offensive lineman Jackson Brown has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, San Jose State and UNLV. Junior quarterback Jack Quigley holds a William & Mary offer.

“All those guys – I look up to them,” Ridley said. “They’re role models. I’m really just trying to get to where they’re at.”

Through his first two years at SRV, RIdley put himself on a trajectory to do the same.

His freshman year, Ridley accounted for a league-high 17 touchdowns in just eight games, shining in just his second full year of playing tackle football after spending his eighth grade year with the San Ramon Bears.

“Even though it was freshman, but 17 touchdowns in eight games, I thought that was good,” Ridley said. “Just looking to grow from there and capitalize on varsity.”

Ridley’s production and growth only skyrocketed from there.

On Cal Strength’s travel football team, which went 5-1 in the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, Ridley was one of the top receivers, going for 31 yards in one game and 73 in another (quarters lasted 10 minutes and were on a running clock).

In the first game of his junior year in a top 25 win at Las Lomas, Ridley had the second-most receiving yards on the team (91) and found his way into the endzone twice.

Those performances, along with adding 25 pounds, have Ridley excited for more.

“Really just been working on my speed,” Ridley said. “I played outside receiver at Cal Strength’s season down in LA, so pretty good with that, a way to get prepared for our six games for the season. Just speed and strength and getting in the gym and lifting.”

Johns Hopkins reached out to Ridley and said they would be in touch in a couple of weeks. Additionally, Ridley said he is really looking at Ivy League schools, currently boasting a 3.6-3.7 GPA in the classroom and scoring around a 1300 on the PSAT.

With his first varsity season looming, Ridley aims for a perfect campaign with the Wolves and to boost his stock on the recruiting trail.

“Team goals definitely were to win state, but six games I think just go 6-0, beat De La Salle, beat Monte Vista,” Ridley said. “Individual goal is just get some stats up, get in the spotlight a little bit by MaxPres, 247, you guys. Just get my name out there.”

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