Alabama got some good recruiting news on Wednesday.
And it’s likely good news for UGA, too.
Alabama’s serious flirtations with UGA’s prized QB recruit, Brice Ramsey – highlighted by last week’s 90-minute Skye conversation between Nick Saban and Ramsey – are likely over after the Crimson Tide landed one of the nation’s top quarterbacks on Wednesday.
Utah QB Cooper Bateman, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 61 overall prospect by ESPN, committed to Alabama on Wednesday. Ramsey is ranked at No. 110.
It is very rare for two high-profile QB prospects in the same class to attend the same college.
“Maybe that will be the case,” Camden County High School coach Jeff Herron told the AJC on Wednesday afternoon. “One thing I’ve found out about quarterbacks, they all know what’s going on with all the schools, in terms of who is there now and who is being recruited. It’s not like a linebacker, lineman or running back.
“The quarterbacks are all highly aware of what else is going on. That certainly might affect his decision. I don’t know. Brice’s decision, as far as I know and I’m concerned, is to sign with the University of Georgia. So hopefully with the other kid committing to Alabama, that’s good for Alabama and good for Georgia.”
Last week, Rivals.com’s Keith Niebuhr reported that Alabama was the only threat to UGA, quoting Ramsey as saying, “If it’s not Georgia, it’ll be Alabama.” It sent shockwaves throughout the Bulldog nation.
What about now? Ramsey’s coach hadn’t talked to anybody yet at Alabama to find out how they still feel about Ramsey after picking up another QB. However, Herron was fully aware how strongly the Crimson Tide felt about Ramsey before Wednesday’s turn of events.
“The offensive coordinator from Alabama told me Brice was one of their priorities, and they were going to recruit him like crazy and try to get him to come over there and look around,” Herron said. “I think certainly Brice is very much committed to Georgia. But, you know, any kid is going to be intrigued by the national champions and them showing a great amount of interest in you.
“I think he is intrigued enough he wanted to go look. But do I think he’s going to change his mind? From a personal standpoint, I hope not because he’s committed to Georgia and I expect him to honor that decision. But again, that’s Brice’s decision. I can’t say if they were both recruiting me that I wouldn’t entertain both of them.
“Brice is in a different situation than most kids because the colleges are willing to wait on him until signing day.”
UGA fans are hoping that with Alabama’s good fortunes on Wednesday, it will secure the services of Ramsey, who committed to the Bulldogs last summer. Ramsey has remained a hot commodity in recent months, picking up additional scholarship offers from competing schools.
“It’s different with quarterbacks; I’ve certainly discovered that,” Herron said. “They all look at everything. Honestly, I think Brice could tell you the depth chart on every team in the SEC and ACC. In the old days, you couldn’t look that stuff up. We’ve talked about that and I said, ‘Brice, there’s going to be great quarterbacks anywhere you go to school. You’ve got to believe enough in yourself that you can compete with anybody.’ And he feels way. But then again, they all look at it like ‘I don’t want to go to a place where I have to compete again five other quarterbacks. I want to go where I compete against one or two.’”
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