Saturday, January 26, 2013
Coaches' take: Brice Ramsey
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- Brice Ramsey has a boatload of untapped potential as a quarterback, and Jeff Herron has believed for years that Ramsey would one day become a big-time college signal-caller.
“I actually could go back to Brice when he was in the fifth grade at a youth camp that we were hosting and watching him run around and lead people and throw the ball as a fifth grader,” said Jeff Herron, who coached Ramsey at Camden County High School in Kingsland, Ga. “It’s rare that you can tell with kids that early, but you certainly could [then].”
A run-heavy high school offense has limited Brice Ramsey's development as a passer.
“Potential” is always the buzzword with Ramsey because of his limited experience as a passer since Camden County operates a run-heavy offense that required him to put the ball in the air irregularly. But his size (6-foot-3, 196 pounds) and performances alongside some of the nation’s other top QB prospects at camps like the Elite 11 showed off the upside that excited Georgia’s coaches.
While a redshirt seems likely for Ramsey -- who enrolled earlier this month -- with Aaron Murray returning for his fourth season as the starter and Hutson Mason, Christian LeMay, Faton Bauta and Parker Welch all sitting behind him on the depth chart, Herron is convinced that Ramsey has all the tools to excel in Georgia’s pro-style scheme.
“I think it’s a very good fit,” Herron said. “He is the kind of quarterback that they’ve had a lot of success with. I think that’s what made him so attractive is he does fit that mold. He can be a dropback passer, but he’s played in an offense that allowed him to do a lot of play-action stuff and things like that.”
Ramsey has been attending football camps at Georgia since childhood and developed a strong relationship with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo. Perhaps that helped convince him to remain committed to the Bulldogs -- he committed in July 2011 -- when other major programs like Alabama, Florida, Clemson and Ohio State pursued him.
ESPN’s No. 115 overall prospect and No. 7 quarterback will probably have to bide his time, but Herron believes his athleticism and positional skills will help him contend for the starting job once his body matures and the opportunity for playing time presents itself.
“Brice just needs to keep maturing and add some strength and weight,” Herron said. “Brice is a very young kid. He’s like 17 right now and he should be playing high school again next year. But I think his strength and maturity is going to really make a big difference even in how he is right now.”