Brice Ramsey: Alabama’s Nick Saban has eyes on UGA’s prized QB recruit

Nick Saban (AP photo)

Nick Saban thinks UGA QB commit Brice Ramsey is "the best QB he's seen so far" for 2013. Saban is considered one of college football's top talent evaluators (AP photo)

Alabama’s Nick Saban has his eyes on UGA’s top football recruit for 2013.

The coach of the BCS champions recently made a personal appearance to let QB Brice Ramsey of Camden County High School know that he’s a priority for the Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ramsey has been committed to UGA since last summer, since before the start of his junior year. Alabama, along with UGA, Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame, had actually offered Ramsey as a sophomore.

Saban is aware that Ramsey is pledged to UGA but isn’t fazed.

“Coach Saban talked to me a while, and then talked to our principal for a while,” Camden County coach Jeff Herron told the AJC. “Then [Alabama] wanted Brice to call over the weekend so they could make the formal scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. I wasn’t surprised. Brice committed to Georgia and he still is committed there. But in today’s world of recruiting, that doesn’t mean other people are going to stop recruiting you.”

Elite Georgia talent is a top priority for Saban, who finished last week with the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class, according to Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports (Scout had Alabama at No. 2). Alabama’s 2012 class featured eight players from Georgia, and the trend is expected to expand for next year.

“Coach Saban felt like Brice was an extremely good quarterback, he said he was ‘the best one he had seen so far,’” Herron said. “All the college coaches that watch Brice’s junior tape say the same thing: ‘Brice has a big-time arm. Physically, he has got all the tools.’ He’s a good kid and a smart kid. He doesn’t have any negatives that I’m aware of.”

While Ramsey has never wavered on his UGA commitment, he has visited other schools just in case there are any coaching changes before he signs the paperwork in February 2013. He missed one of Alabama’s junior days because of basketball but will likely tour Alabama within the next month or so. UGA coach Mark Richt also stopped by Camden County recently to observe Ramsey’s basketball practice.

UGA's QB of the future: Brice Ramsey (Photo by 247Sports.com)

UGA's QB of the future: Brice Ramsey (Photo by 247Sports.com)

“[Richt] still feels pretty good about Brice coming to the University of Georgia,” Herron said.

Herron said he also talked to Vanderbilt coach James Franklin the other day – not really about Ramsey but recruiting in general. “Looking at the kid from Tucker [Josh Dawson], Frank said yeah he committed to Vanderbilt last summer but he signed with Georgia. Being committed these days is not going to stop people from recruiting you … I, personally, wish it would and they [college coaches] probably do, too. But that’s not the reality of it.”

Back to Ramsey: He is UGA’s most important recruit for next year because of two reasons: He’s a potential top-tier quarterback, and he may be the Bulldogs’ best recruiter after Mark Richt for 2013 targets. Ramsey is working hard to persuade other top talent to join him in Athens. He is a good friend of RB Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla., [committed to UGA], and WR Tramal Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., [de-committed from UGA but still considering the Bulldogs] stayed at Ramsey’s house last summer while the two trained together. Camden County has at least three more D1 prospects that are juniors – OL JP Vonashek, WR-DB JJ Green and LB Jarrad Davis.

IT’S RAINING RECRUITING STORIES

INSTANT AJC RECRUITING CLASSICS

Please Follow me on Twitter @RecruitingAJC + Please be my Facebook friend here

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

Got an item? mcarvell@ajc.com

Got an item? mcarvell@ajc.com

  • So much is happening so fast. Have you missed anything over the last few days? Catch up with our feed by CLICKING HERE
  • BOOKMARK the NEW AJC Recruiting homepage here
  • Want to see a list of the top 125 prospects state of Georgia who signed with D1 schools? It’s looong. Go here.

Note: Inappropriate BLOG comments and personal attacks will NOT be tolerated. We love the lively discussions but hate-filled, harassing and irresponsible comments are unacceptable.

Please Follow me on Twitter @RecruitingAJC + Please be my Facebook friend here

599 comments Add your comment

George Stein

February 8th, 2012
1:33 pm

Why would anyone believe anything Saban says?

CrownedRoyalUgaDawg4Life

February 8th, 2012
1:34 pm

1st and He Looks Good…A Good QB To Build The 2013 Class Around…….

Proud-Dawg

February 8th, 2012
1:34 pm

Ramsey = UGA lock

No worries, but I’m sure a certain team will spin it off negatively.

Dawg Fud

February 8th, 2012
1:40 pm

Best of luck during your senior year, Brice!

GTBob

February 8th, 2012
1:40 pm

Uh oh. Saban usually gets whoever he wants. If Bama wins another MNC this year and UGA goes 10-4 then it will be hard for this kid to turn down.

Macon Dawg

February 8th, 2012
1:41 pm

Brice, please sign with Georgia. Coach Mark Richt is a great Christian man of faith and values and will honor his word if you get hurt. Please do not trust coach Nick Saban. God bless you and your family Brice.

sogadog

February 8th, 2012
1:46 pm

Franklin is a big crybaby.

I cant wait to watch Grantham turn the Dawgs loose on Franklin’s boys next year.

Blackoutanyone?

February 8th, 2012
1:48 pm

Play for national championships or lose to basketball schools in bowl games?

Without the GHSA, there'd be no UA football.

February 8th, 2012
1:49 pm

Brice is going to UGA.

The kid is WAY too big a Dawgs fan, and Mark Richt fan, and an Athens fan.

He is very close with John Theus, Nick Marshall and the recruits named in this article.

Like every other recruit out there, Brice will continue to say “I will look at all options… blah blah blah”…. and try and milk the attention, as he should….. but there may as well be a “G” tattooed on his heart.

GO DAWGS!!!

The Grinch

February 8th, 2012
1:50 pm

Old news…..NEXT!!

harold

February 8th, 2012
1:50 pm

ALABAMA: A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM. SABAN: A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH.
UGA: NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM. RICHT: NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH.

TRANSLATION: HE WILL PLAY FOR ALABAMA AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP COACH:SABAN!!!

CountryBlumpkin

February 8th, 2012
1:52 pm

Blackout…Your guy Saban used to coach FOOTBALL at that basketball school. Mich St isn’t so bad at football.

ryan

February 8th, 2012
1:53 pm

With Murray in his last year safe to say that Rasmey will be a dawg and the fact he and Derrick Henry are close friends you should do an article that UGA could flip Ruben Foster .

ryan

February 8th, 2012
1:54 pm

Harold= No Life always with same stale material .

Jesus Christ

February 8th, 2012
1:54 pm

Jesus says go to Bama. Saban is a true Christian.

Facts

February 8th, 2012
1:56 pm

Macon Dawg

February 8th, 2012
1:41 pm
Brice, please sign with Georgia. Coach Mark Richt is a great Christian man of faith and values and will honor his word if you get hurt. Please do not trust coach Nick Saban. God bless you and your family Brice.

And 50 cents will get you a senior cup of coffee at McDonalds

Georgia Tide Fan

February 8th, 2012
1:56 pm

If Ramsey is recruiting other players to come to UGA, then I would say he is UGA. Would love to have this kind of quality kid at Bama, but it looks like a very long shot at best.

CountryBlumpkin

February 8th, 2012
1:56 pm

So Harold, with that logic, all D1 talent would go play for the few teams and coaches that have won National Championships, and the other coaches should give up?

ryan

February 8th, 2012
1:58 pm

As long as the coaching staff is there he not going anywhere Bama is already getting full i think there depth chart could help UGA with some big prospects for 2013 .

Comin' Down The Track

February 8th, 2012
1:59 pm

I wonder if 2012 Vanderbilt signee and former Arkansas commitment, Jakarri Thomas, knows Coach Franklin feels that way about him.

The Grinch

February 8th, 2012
1:59 pm

George Stein
February 8th, 2012
1:33 pm

Amen to that, my friend.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

February 8th, 2012
2:01 pm

Is there a bigger turd on the planet than James Franklin? Seriously, man, grow up.

Watch Reuben flip.

bigtime

February 8th, 2012
2:02 pm

Deleting my comments??? Shame on you for hiding the truth.

Harold=MORON

February 8th, 2012
2:03 pm

Harold, don’t post on a UGA blog ever again in your life…

UGADawg

February 8th, 2012
2:04 pm

If he goes to Bama what other kid gets gray shirted by Dick Saban.

UGADawg

February 8th, 2012
2:05 pm

what the hell does Franklin know about honor?

hipdawg

February 8th, 2012
2:06 pm

I guess we better get use to bama getting are blue chippers.Remember UT (fulmer) use to do it every-yrear.Whats next offering 8th graders.no srcuples over the border.I dont want to hear any more about offering too late.heck were down like 20 schollies.

ryan

February 8th, 2012
2:07 pm

Richt is not going to hold anything back with this 2013 class it will be lot bigger and may sign up to 28 kids he already out in front with several instate recruits .

quattroatl

February 8th, 2012
2:08 pm

This kid has more athleticism, pocket-presence, and arm strength than Matt Ryan!!! He looks to be the real deal!!!

U

February 8th, 2012
2:08 pm

Saban’s in damage control mode now. H.S. coaches and parents are on to him.

Rick James

February 8th, 2012
2:09 pm

I dont think Alabama fans believe that there are kids who dont want to play there..National champs,Bear,blah blah blah..I get it but there will still be kids who are not fazed by Saban.Be careful bama fans with the chest pounding because Saban is a mercenary who follows money.Lose him to another program and you could be back where you were a few short years ago during the Mike Shula days..

The Grinch

February 8th, 2012
2:12 pm

hipdawg
February 8th, 2012
2:06 pm

Nah, it’s not all gloom and doom. If all 19 signees from last week are on campus this fall we will be down roughly 10 schollys. There’s also a chance that we will sign 1 or 2 JC/Prep school players before school starts so we could then be down just 7-8 schollys.

Rick James

February 8th, 2012
2:12 pm

@GTBob

Uh oh. Saban usually gets whoever he wants. If Bama wins another MNC this year and UGA goes 10-4 then it will be hard for this kid to turn down
———————————————————————
Believe it or not Bob,Saban had a great recruiting class this year but he did miss on a few that he wanted..

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 8th, 2012
2:13 pm

Franklin recruited players committed to other schools. I guess he was willing to accept these dishonorable players.

Dap01

February 8th, 2012
2:13 pm

Franklin is a cry baby and Saban is a man of his word, integrity and character. Not….

DDPO

February 8th, 2012
2:15 pm

Regardless of what this kid decides, it should not impact what most people said about the so called Dream Team class of 2011. You know, the one that most UGA fans said would win 4 SEC titles and 2 National Titles.

Don’t worry, I’m sure that we’ll all see the next edit that its now the class of 2012 that will win 4 straight SEC titles.

UGA-February Champions for 30 straight years

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 8th, 2012
2:18 pm

Beat Saban on the field and he will run to Texas in a hurry. Richt has beat Saban on the field while Saban was at LSU and at Bummer. The only way for Richt to stop the raid on Georgia is to win.

Bama in Atlanta

February 8th, 2012
2:20 pm

Nice highlight reel. He seems ot have the size, arm strength and mobility. He will be a good pickup wherever he goes, which I would bet on UGA since he seems like a longtime dawg fan. I’m sure he will attract thw WR talent.

Gerald

February 8th, 2012
2:20 pm

Alabama fans:

Don’t be surprised – or feign moral outrage – if your SEC foes employ “negative recruiting” with Darius Philon and Justin Taylor as fodder. It is part of the game, goes with the territory …

1eyedJack

February 8th, 2012
2:24 pm

You ain’t gettin’ this one Lil’ Napolean. You won’t be able to step over his heat-exhausted body as if he’s not there. Too bad he probably won’t get the opportunity to play against and light up Alabama.

Go to UGA or even Tech

February 8th, 2012
2:25 pm

or Saban will step over you in the hallway when you are injured or crimson shirt you, where you have to enroll seven years later with a 2 month scholarship.
Plus if you mess up, you will likely be teabagged by a fan or have your landscaping poisoned.
Of course all Georgia D-1 prospects can’t go to UGA, but it gets old supporting yet another program because the illiterate morons in that state are too stupid to pass remedial tests and be one of them college boys. UT and AU already depend enough on us.

DanS

February 8th, 2012
2:25 pm

As a former college fb player I can tell these young men there is nothing like staying home and playing for e state you grew up in. It means the world to your fans and will to you long after your ball playing days are over. Bama has a great program but got exposed this year for being a little cut throat to kids who got hurt or a better recruit came along. CMR is a class act and I would be proud for my son to play for him when the time comes.

1eyedJack

February 8th, 2012
2:26 pm

“UGA-February Champions for 30 straight years”

GT-Alsorans from the beginning of time.

Bama Pride

February 8th, 2012
2:27 pm

Athens is a great cirty with lots of charm and entertainment. UGA has one of if not the most gorgeous campus with beautiful co-eds and is an amazing college experience that offers highly ranked schools in a variety of fields.

We have a bunch or rednecks a hideous campus with big girls that just lay there and I know this because most of them are related to me so well you know……

Any hoo looks like it’s time for Coach Saban to bust out that checkbook and keep adding zeros till that boy’s pappy says yep.

roll damn tide

URnotUA

February 8th, 2012
2:27 pm

Roll Tide Brice!!!

bigtime

February 8th, 2012
2:27 pm

Bama is taking over Georgia. 9 out of 10 articles on this blog are about Alabama football. I never knew that you guys were such fans. Roll Tide to you all!

Stinkin' dawg

February 8th, 2012
2:29 pm

Hope he doesn’t get Philoned, gray shirted, or otherwise “processed.”

Why any HS coach would even give sabear the time of day with their recruits is beyond me.

URnotUA

February 8th, 2012
2:30 pm

Macon Dawg

February 8th, 2012
1:41 pm

Brice, please sign with Georgia. Coach Mark Richt is a great Christian man of faith and values and will honor his word if you get hurt. Please do not trust coach Nick Saban. God bless you and your family Brice.

Beg much?!?

Bama Fans are all just like

February 8th, 2012
2:30 pm

Harvey Updyke and Brian “Sack of Krystals” Downing
Human Waste

Da Truth

February 8th, 2012
2:30 pm

Do you idotic dog fans really believe that Richt will have a seat closer to God than Saban? Get off the “our coach is holier” bandwagon and see what type of men come through these universities after 4 or 5 years spent under the coach’s instruction. I think you will be impressed with what you see at Alabama if you just open your eyes.