The Army Bowl National Junior Combine is set to take place Friday in San Antonio with hundreds of talented prospects making the trip in an effort to stake their claim as one of the top talents in the 2013 class. Some are hoping to use the event to get exposure and increase their stock, others like 2013 wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenney) arrived to find out they were already in the 2013 Army All-American Bowl. Quarterback Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) is in town for a different reason.
“I just wanted to go here and meet some people and compete,” Ramsey said. “That’s the reason I came all the way out here. Hopefully I’ll get invited back for the game next year.”
Ramsey completed 80 of 125 passes for 1,308 yards and 17 touchdowns with only two interceptions in his first season starting for Camden County. He also ran for five touchdowns while operating Coach Jeff Herron’s wing-T offense. Unlike most prospects in next year’s class, Ramsey has already committed, choosing the University of Georgia over Florida and others. He announced his decision back at the Dawg Night prospect camp in July, in what has become a familiar summer destination for Ramsey.
“I’ve been around the coaching staff since like eighth grade, seventh grade when I first started going to the camps,” Ramsey said. “I just became really accustomed to the coaches and I figured it would be a good idea to just seal the deal and go ahead and make that move, so I did.”
Georgia was the first school to see the potential in Ramsey as a top-tier quarterback, offering him last May. Clemson, Florida, and Florida State followed suit. Ramsey did not waste much time pulling the trigger for the Bulldogs.
“I really wanted to go to school there all along, so I was just waiting until they went ahead and offered me,” Ramsey said. “I felt really comfortable with it. I didn’t want to hold off -- and I’m going to graduate early, so it definitely helped a lot.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt initially stated in the spring that there were no plans to take a quarterback in the 2012 class, but with the possibility of losing backup quarterback Hutson Mason to transfer, coupled with that of another prospect’s impressive camp performance, the Bulldogs' coaches were compelled to change their stance. Faton Bauta (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) earned an offer after working out with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo in June, and committed to Georgia in November after returning from his official visit. Bauta is currently in Athens and set to start classes on Monday. The news came as a surprise to the 2013 signal caller.
“I wasn’t expecting it, so it definitely caught me off guard,” Ramsey said. “It gave me a lot to think about, but we’ll just see how it plays out and what happens.”
Florida is still recruiting Ramsey, and other SEC schools like Alabama and LSU are evaluating Ramsey, hoping to get him in town for prospect camps this summer. While Ramsey's arm could net him double digit offers before all is said and done, his leg might be just as powerful. Ramsey put his name on the map earlier this year when he kicked a 57-yard field goal versus Bradwell Institute. He also averaged almost 41 yards per punt and 60 of his 79 kickoffs went for touchbacks. If Richt needs help in the kicking game, Ramsey is ready to heed the call.
“I think Coach Richt will give me an opportunity if I want to,” Ramsey said. “I definitely said I’d like to try and keep that around because I enjoy it.”