Published: Jul 27, 2010 4:50 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 28, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama football signee says he's giving up pro baseball and hopes to join the Crimson Tide.

Wide receiver Melvin Ray, a 2008 Tide signee, is no longer with the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization after a three-year stint as a minor league outfielder. The 21-year-old hopes to be part of Alabama's incoming 2011 recruiting class and possibly enroll in time for spring practice.

Ray's father, Melvin Sr., says his son will try to enroll in junior college this fall to complete needed course work for eligibility.

Ray says he doesn't plan to reopen his recruiting to other schools. He hasn't received a formal offer from Tide coach Nick Saban.

Ray would have four years of eligibility in college football. He was a 33rd-round draft pick of the Dodgers.