The 2012 McDonald's All-American rosters were announced today on ESPNU. Texas Longhorns commit Cameron Ridley from Fort Bend Bush was honored as one of the players, and Ridley will suit up for the West team. The game will be played March 28 in Chicago.
It's important to note that Ridley has not signed a Letter of Intent with the Longhorns, and is free to commit to and sign with another team by next fall. Currently though, Ridley remains a future Horn. Texas has recruited a McDonald's All-American player in three consecutive years: Myck Kabongo (2011), Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph (2010), and Avery Bradley (2009).
Ridley is one of four Texans in the game, all representatives of the resurgence of Texas high school basketball. He is joined on the West squad by Isaiah Austin (Arlington Grace Prep), Marcus Smart (Flower Mound Marcus), and Rasheed Sulaimon (Houston Strake Jesuit). You read that right--four of the twelve players for the West squad are Texans. It's not just a football state, people.
Austin has been committed to Baylor longer than Ridley has been to Texas, and Sulaimon has always been considered a Duke lean. Texas did have a legitimate shot at Smart, who ultimately chose Oklahoma State when the Cowboys offered his teammate, Phil Forte.
Uncommitted prospect Devonta Pollard was also named a McDonald's All-American. Pollard officially visited Texas on January 21 (the Kansas loss), and also lists Mississippi State, Georgetown, Missouri, Kentucky, and Alabama. Pollard plans to commit after taking all his official visits, which may not be until after the McDonald's game.
For a complete list of game participants, check out the McDonald's All-American game's official website.