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Jerry Jeudy Returns Home for Orange Bowl as Next in Line in Alabama’s Star WR Lineage

Jerry Jeudy recently racked some individual hardware. With a win back in his native South Florida, he’ll be one step away from the ultimate prize.

The Alabama sophomore from Deerfield Beach is an All-American and captured the Biletnikoff Award, which is for the nation’s top wide receiver.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Jeudy has racked up an impressive 59 receptions for 1,103 yards (18.7 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns.

Defending national champion Alabama will square off with Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl (Dec. 29) in Miami Gardens, which is 30 miles from Jeudy’s hometown.

Jeudy put himself on the map with an outstanding senior season at Deerfield Beach.

“When he got out there and started feeling like, ‘I’m going against guys that were supposed to be five-stars and I’m taking it to them. I can do it,'” Deerfield coach Jevon Glenn said to The AP. “Then he put himself in that class and after that, it was a wrap.”

Jeudy is the latest South Florida product in an outstanding lineage with players such as Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley who have became stars with the Crimson Tide. Jeudy’s stats also compare favorably to Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones’ time in Tuscaloosa.

Each three exited Alabama as first-round NFL draft selections and there’s no reason to believe Jeudy doesn’t have the same potential.

Jeudy has a special relationship with Ridley, who attended nearby Monarch High School in Coconut Creek. The two worked out every other day while Jeudy was in the tenth grade and they remain in contact today.

“Great player, works really hard and deserves everything coming his way,” Ridley said to The AP. “We played high school together and grew up together a little bit. Just seeing him grow and becoming the player he is — that’s the most exciting thing.”

Jeudy explains the best advice he’s received from Ridley and Cooper.

“They taught me a lot,” Jeudy said. “Hard work beats talent, so if you’ve got talent and you work hard, you can turn into something serious.”

As they watched his high school highlights, Alabama players eagerly anticipated the impact Jeudy would have.

Now they get to enjoy it on an every day basis.

“You just saw him making all these plays,” Alabama tailback Damien Harris said to The AP. “We knew he was committed here, so seeing him on those videos, ‘Hey, this kid is pretty good.’ He came in here and continued to work hard and he’s turned into the player he is now.”