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.
“[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.
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