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