Georgia Tech eyeballing a homegrown talent for WR spot

Georgia Tech only has a few spots remaining for its 2013 recruiting class, with Jumichael Ramos recently turning into a top priority.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is shopping local for one of his few remaining scholarship spots for 2013 (AP)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is shopping locally for one of his few remaining scholarship spots for 2013 (AP)

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver from Lovejoy High School was recently offered a football scholarship by Georgia Tech. Ramos, a basketball star who has decided to focus on football, also has offers from Cincinnati, South Florida and Middle Tennessee State.

“Georgia Tech didn’t know if (Ramos) had a burst of speed at first; they liked his height and weight and all of that but he has shown some signs of brilliance lately with some big games,” Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said.

“He has been putting up some big numbers, and beating several people deep. I guess they saw that burst, along with his ability to block. Being a good kid, he’s probably what Georgia Tech needs at wide receiver.”

Ramos has only been to one Georgia Tech game this year (Middle Tennessee State) but plans to go to the next home game to meet with coach Paul Johnson. Ramos and Hughes said they were informed about Georgia Tech’s offer by assistant Buzz Preston. Ramos also has generated interest from North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State and Kentucky.

“I feel like I’ve been doing well to get offered by someone in the ACC, and Georgia Tech is high on my board,” Ramos said. “I really like the coaching staff and the academics there.”

What does he think about how wide receivers are used in Georgia Tech’s offense? “I just know I’m going to have to block a lot, but when the opportunity approaches I’m just going to have to make a big play,” Ramos said.

Ramos has begun to realize some of his enormous football potential as Lovejoy tries to return to the state championship game this season. Ramos is an established star in basketball, where he played every position but point guard for Lovejoy last year while averaging 18 points.

WR Jumichael Ramos of Lovejoy HS (247sports)

WR Jumichael Ramos of Lovejoy HS (247sports)

“He’s one of our deep threats, and can stretch the defense,” Hughes said. “First of all, he’s a basketball guy, and he’s got lots of ups (30-inch vertical). He can control his body in the air just like a basketball player. He can put himself in a position to make the catch, and he knows how to use his body just like you would in basketball to block somebody out. He’s a tremendous talent.”

Ramos said he had a tentative basketball scholarship offer from Clemson before skipping AAU last summer to focus on football. Wherever he signs in football, Ramos is considering joining that school’s basketball team as a walk-on.

Which school leads for Ramos? “Right now, I have three at the top: Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee and Cincinnati.”

When does he plan to commit? “I might do it after our first playoff game.”

Lovejoy has another senior basketball player who is drawing the curiosity of recruiters – Terry Henderson, a 6-5 transfer from North Clayton High School. Lovejoy’s future superstar at the position is sophomore Preston Williams, who is already being courted by Alabama. Williams has been hindered most of this season with a hamstring injury but hopes to be healthy by the playoffs.

Georgia Tech has 13 commitments for 2013, including Lovejoy RB Travis Custis. Like with all top prospects, Custis continues to be actively pursued by other schools, most notably Wisconsin, Tennessee and Arkansas.

“There’s still a lot of people trying to recruit Travis,” Hughes said. “I don’t know what his status is as far as taking visits. I do know that he tries to be cordial and listen to what (college recruiters) say. But as far as I know, he’s a Yellow Jacket.”

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41 comments Add your comment

Mountain Dawg

November 6th, 2012
3:06 am

The nerds need a receiver? What on earth for? Might help to look for a passer while they’re at it.

Worst Talent Evaluation ever

November 6th, 2012
3:54 am

Jumichael, come play tight end for me like I wanted Cam Newton to do.

XOXOXOX, Coach Bobo

ToeMeetsLeather

November 6th, 2012
6:00 am

Hey Mtn Dawg, are you going to be able to break away from under pinning the trailer to make it to Athens on the 24th? If so, I can email you directions. I’m sure you have probably never been to a game.

Come on down to the Flats Mr Ramos, and prepare for an NFL career and play in the new state of the art basketball facility.

Defense

November 6th, 2012
6:25 am

Sign him so VAD will have someone else to throw to. Looks like he can adjust to the ball and go get it. Then CPJ needs defense. The other available slots need to be D-line. See which ones dont want to go to Kentucky now that Joker is gone. CPJ–recruit for the D!

Golden White

November 6th, 2012
6:38 am

I don’t know. It looks like he can catch the ball.
And that is saying something right there. He does
go up for the ball. But I am not sold on his speed
at all and he certainly goes down on 1st contact.
Even though all the defenders were making
excellent tackles. That # 4 defender swatted him
down like a fly. But I’m no judge of talent.
At this point in time I will settle for a receiver who
will catch the ball.

ignition

November 6th, 2012
7:43 am

GT needs some serious D Line help
Does CPJ even throw the ball enough ??

Buzz Lightyear

November 6th, 2012
8:35 am

Why? For maybe 7-10 passes a YEAR? What a joke. If we cant get a real offense going until after the CPJ regime, we better settle for defensive guys who can at least try and stop the other teams like MTSU from running up five straight scoring drives game after game. Go to Clemson or FSU kid. At least they will target you in the passing game.

Ed Pilcher

November 6th, 2012
8:37 am

Why in the hell would a top WR prospect be looking at GT? They throw the ball about 3 times a game…..and 2 of those passes are either intercepted or fall incomplete.

If I’ve said it once during my coaching career, I’ve said it 1,000 times…….Only 3 things hapen on the best of passes, and 2 of them are bad.

Y’all need to check out some film from those Thomas County Central teams I coached from back in the mid 90s…….Those guys REALLY knew how to run the Veer. And we didn’t throw the damn ball 20 times a game, either.

Paul's Johnson

November 6th, 2012
8:44 am

God-@#$%!!

I know what the %^$# I’m doing here, and I swear to #$%@^& God, I’m gonna punch the next son of a %^$# who questions me right in the %$^&*!! mouth.

I’ve told you folks before…..I don’t need no #$%@!! 5-stars to run MY God-#$%! system. I just need a bundle of 1 and 2-stars who will shut the #$%@ up and listen and learn when I bark at them!

I’ve been doing this sh** now for 34-f*&kin years, and I ain’t been fired yet. I guess that means I am a God-#$@! genius, and you all need to shut up and pay fuc%in’ attention to me.

Vince

November 6th, 2012
8:56 am

He’s from Lovejoy High—-the home of the anti-UGA Al Hughes. If tech wants to sign him they can–delivered on a silver platter from their “special friend”, coach Hughes.

JM

November 6th, 2012
9:27 am

GT’s always looking for good players. Ramos sounds like a good one. The NFL loves receivers that know how to block when they aren’t catching a ball.

Reebok

November 6th, 2012
9:40 am

Tech doesn’t lack for speed or skill players, including receivers…we need a lot of help on both lines, though.

GT Girl

November 6th, 2012
9:48 am

Isn’t Tech known as WR Un. now with such stars as Calvin Johnson and Bay-Bay in the NFL? Come to GT young man and become a star! Vad needs someone else to throw to. Go Jackets!

nate from detroit

November 6th, 2012
10:08 am

he’s really gonna need that burst of speed they were looking for so that he can fire off of the line and block on a sweep. How can any good receiver with any aspirations of playing past college go and play for Moobs in that antiquated offense?

DIT

November 6th, 2012
10:28 am

Go get em tech. Keep this talent in state. Seems like a good pick up for y’all.

Houlihan McGee

November 6th, 2012
10:44 am

Tech has D-line help. Problem is, most of them are red-shirting this year

Trek Tech

November 6th, 2012
10:59 am

Why don’t you go ask Stephen Hill and D Thomas Nate from Detroit. They are doing fine in the NFL :)

ignition

November 6th, 2012
11:08 am

Tech needs MORE D Line help a lot more..

didntvoteforobama

November 6th, 2012
11:45 am

A wide receiver…..RIGHT. You can recruit a whole slew of top prospects to make your team look better, but at the end of the day you still have a sorry defense and a mediocre running game. Any team that rushes the ball 50 times a game can put up those kind of yards.

You can put frosting on SH@T and call it cake but it’s still SH@T aint it?

SS voted for Obama

November 6th, 2012
11:54 am

We need some d-line help

Spanky

November 6th, 2012
12:13 pm

With all the uncertainty going on between coaches and upper-brass, would YOU consider Tech?! ….just sayin!..I think Tech needs to fill that AD seat ASA(mfn)P!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 6th, 2012
1:35 pm

Coach Hughes, it sounds like you are doing a great job with these young men. Keep sending them to GT where they’ll be successful athletes and businessmen. GT has a few WRs in the NFL. :) ” GO JACKETS “

SoCal_GT_Fan

November 6th, 2012
2:43 pm

We certainly need help in the trenches. Hopefully we can get an impact player along the line (specifically the defensive side).
As for coming to Tech as a receiver, there is upside to it. For example, all two go-to guys in CPJ’s offense were taken in the 1st or 2nd round of the draft.
As for whether CPJ is on the hot seat; he ain’t going anywhere. Do you realize how much his buyout is? If he has a bad year next year, then he might be out but I still doubt it because of the buyout on his contract. Still paying Hewitt for his contract……

GFY

November 6th, 2012
3:05 pm

Please do not fire Johnson…..he is a Godsend

Stinger 2

November 6th, 2012
3:07 pm

Spanky: Please tell us about all the uncertainty you said is going on.
Your comment was not specific at all.

godogssicem

November 6th, 2012
3:23 pm

KEEP JOHNSON! He is awesome for Tech, Atlanta and G-E-O-R-G-I-A

Rick James

November 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

@Spanky

With all the uncertainty going on between coaches and upper-brass, would YOU consider Tech?! ….just sayin!..I think Tech needs to fill that AD seat ASA(mfn)P!!
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There is no uncertainty at Tech..The school does not have the money to pay off Paul Johnson if he’s fired.He will be there.

Q

November 6th, 2012
3:50 pm

Jeez, look at that picture….only a face a mother or felon could love.

Ragamuffin

November 6th, 2012
4:45 pm

“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.”

I’m glad this is enforced or else there would be some inappropriate comments posted here. Schnirt!

Bobo

November 6th, 2012
4:45 pm

AAAAGGHH!!! STOP IT Paul Johnson! STOP recruiting 2 star guys and WASTING scholarships. We have enough of those already. Either hire a recruiting coordinator, find a way to make lemonade with the lemons you keep recruiting or just get out.

I love CPJ’s offense and the potential it has, but he is RUINING it with piss-poor recruiting. I’ve seen enough high school players and college players in my day to know that this kid’s ceiling is about where Tyler Melton’s was. Nice kid. Will work hard. Will crackback block. Will never catch more than 200-300 yards in passes in a year and will never truly threaten a defense.

HIRE A RECRUITING COORDINATOR….or else give your job to Dirk Koetter and become his offensive coordinator. Cut the crap CPJ. This kid is not worth a scholarship anywhere better than Vandy or Indiana. This kid can catch, but I can tell from the film that he has 4.6 or 4.7 speed and he won’t be big enough to bully a CB at the D-1 level.

SS voted for Obama

November 6th, 2012
4:47 pm

CPJ ain’t going nowhere folks.

Tech Nerd

November 6th, 2012
4:57 pm

When are we going to have a REAL offense like the big boy schools do ???

I want Bobby Petrino as HC !

SS voted for Obama

November 6th, 2012
5:07 pm

@Tech Nerd….Petrino is not a good fit, bubba

the D

November 6th, 2012
7:56 pm

Get 2 more D linemen in this class. Maybe one of the ones that was planning on going to Kentucky

Gene Cheesedip

November 6th, 2012
9:19 pm

No one in their right mind wants to play WR at Tech!

wrecked again

November 7th, 2012
12:12 pm

Pj can only recruit projects.

Get Wrecked

November 7th, 2012
1:01 pm

Why would a decent wide receiver go to Tech? They’ll never get their hands on the ball! LOL

Didn't Vote For Nerdy Empty Suit Romney

November 7th, 2012
1:09 pm

Oh how I hope GT can pry him aware from Middle TN State!! He’s some kinda find!

Trailer Park Redneck Stater

November 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

Daggummit… I’m fixin’ to buy Ramos’ uniform. I’m as happy as a puppy with two tails. Pah… is it taame ta vote fer da whaate man yet? At least we ignorant southerners will vote for the Mormon!

catch this

November 7th, 2012
5:34 pm

next in line of the elites: CALVIN JOHNSON, DEMARYIUS THOMAS, STEPHEN HILL AND JUMICHAEL RAMOS…..

Coach

November 7th, 2012
8:59 pm

Come on, Jumichael, and we’ll get you the ball! Coach Paul Johnson knows how.