The Stampeders loved getting their hands on Brett Ralph and the young receiver would relish nothing more than catching on in Calgary.
Growing up in Raymond, south of Lethbridge, Ralph was a Stamps fan who eventually played his high school ball for former Calgary offensive lineman Lloyd Fairbanks.
Yesterday, the Stamps made Ralph their sixth-round selection in the CFL college draft.
"I was excited to hear it was Calgary," said Ralph, relatively small at 5- ft. 9 in., who played slotback last season with the University of Alberta after transferring from Boise State.
"I grew up watching the Stampeders, my high school coach played for the Stampeders back in the '90s, so I always thought it was a good program and was excited to hear that was the team that selected me."
Ralph has good bloodlines, too, as the younger brother of Eskimos receiver Brock Ralph, who played the past two seasons in Edmonton under Higgins.
Brock Ralph, 24, is considerably taller at 6 ft. 3 in., catching 49 passes for 634 yards last season with the Eskimos.
The Stampeders feel grabbing the little brother was a fortunate pick.
"It's a steal in the sixth round," Higgins said. "He's a quality young man who has a lot of football savvy."
Brett Ralph, 23, red-shirted with the Golden Bears last season and has three more years of CIS eligibility remaining.
"I'm excited," Ralph said.
"There are a lot of unknowns but I look forward to the future to see what takes place the next month or two."
Brett Ralph met with Higgins at last month's CFL combine where he posted a disappointingly slow 4.75 40 while also running just a handful of pass patterns.
Having an older brother with CFL credentials and at least a smidgen of influence on his former coach doesn't hurt.
"Brock had nothing but good things to say about coach Higgins from the beginning of his career in Edmonton and I know he kept in contact," Brett Ralph said.
"When I went the the CFL combine last month, I had some good conversations with coach Higgins. I was impressed with the kind of coach that he is and person he is, which is kind of the same type of things Brock has said to me.
"It probably did have a bit of an effect. I know he and Brock got along and he always complimented Brock on the way he plays."
POINTS AFTER: The Montreal Alouettes traded safety William Loftus to Edmonton yesterday for receiver Terry Vaughn, who has surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his 10 CFL seasons ... The Alouettes also shipped veteran kicker Matt Kellett to the Ottawa Renegades for the fifth overall pick and used it to take Laval defensive back Matthieu Proulx.