"It's a big commitment," said Melvin Ray from Tallahassee, (Fla.). "We have been keeping it a low key thing. Kind of leading up to the Alabama camp and afterwards my family and I knew it was time to make a decision."
"I called coach [Nick] Saban and told him of my decision. I later spoke to coach [Kirby] Smart and coach [A.C.] Carter. Coach Saban was shocked. He didn't expect it to happen so soon. Everyone thought it was a Florida State-Florida battle, but with the relationship I have with coach Smart, it shouldn't have been too big of a surprise."
"Ever since last summer when I was up there at the 7-on-7 camp with Daniel Bryant I loved it. Coach Cheese [Charlie Harbison] was the receivers coach at the time. I wanted to commit right there, but I knew I had a while to make my decision."
"I started talking to coach Smart all of the time. We only talked about 40-percent football. Everything else was just about life. The coaches were always supporting. It's a home away from my family. That is a big reason for my decision."
When asked of other visits Ray said, "As of now we basically feel like we are done. I would not make a commitment where I feel like down the line I would pull away from it. This is where I want to be."
"My dad and I have been FSU fans forever, but Alabama is where I want to be. I know I am going to visit Florida State for sure, but I am going to enjoy my senior season. I know Alabama is where I want to go."
Ray is excited about his decision and plans to take several visits to Alabama during the season.
"I am definitely going back for the Alabama-Tennessee game and the Alabama-Auburn game. I will probably go back for another game. I am going to spend the off-season taking my official to Alabama," he said.
"It feels good to be committed. I feel relieved. A lot of stress is off my back. I can relax and enjoy my senior year. I am hoping to reach the goal of winning the state championship."