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Alabama freshman WR John Metchie has exploded in spring practice

Photo comes from John Metchie's twitter

It looks like the northern border is good for something not limited to its music artists (Drake, Justin Bieber), its brand of football, and its bacon – which is actually ham.  

If former Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley had a Canadian son, it would be John Metchie 

The four-star receiver in the 2019 class has journeyed quite a bit in his life, from being born in Taiwan and moving to Ghana to relocating to Canada and spending much of his life there. 

Despite Henry Ruggs III missing Saturday’s scrimmage (personal), the freshman joined forced with Jaylen Waddle and made plays.

According to sources, Touchdown Alabama Magazine learned that Metchie caught two touchdowns and is an explosive weapon in space. 

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Listed at 6-feet and 195 pounds, Metchie was the lone wide out signed in this group and it was probably a good thing – seeing how fast he has progressed in spring.

He was a big play waiting to happen at St. James School in Maryland, totaling more than 1,300 yards rushing and 2,500 yards receiving with 42 touchdowns in four years.

As he wears No. 3, Metchie’s size, speed, hands and electric route-running prowess mirrors the soon-to-be second-year pro in Ridley.

His recruiting tape came late in the 2019 cycle, due to him not getting enough exposure in his senior year at The Peddie School in New Jersey — the school Metchie moved to after his tenure at St. James. 

 He may not do a lot in the fall, but 2020 will be his time. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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