- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
The state of Georgia is brimming with gridiron talent year in and year out, but the 2013 class has a chance to be special as FBS prospects seem to be emerging every week from the Peach State. Duke capitalized on the depth of prospects in Georgia last week, picking up a commitment from a recruit flying under the radar.
Mike Ramsay (Marietta, Ga./The Walker School), was a starter on both sides of the ball as a junior, but the 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman will likely play defensive tackle in college. Ramsay decided last week he wanted to be a Blue Devil.
"I committed to Duke," Ramsay said.
A first-team All-Region selection in Class A last season, Ramsay made 37 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries for the Wolverines. He also set a new school record and finished fourth at the GHSA State Meet in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, two inches.
Ramsay committed to Duke over offers from Navy, Georgia State and Furman, stating the ACC program had everything he wanted in a college.
"I always loved and wanted to go to Duke," Ramsay said. "I love the campus. Recently when I had an opportunity to go to their camp I got a great feel for the coaches and felt like Duke was the place where I need to be."
Ramsay said he does not intend to camp anywhere else. He is the 11th commitment for head coach David Cutcliffe in the 2013 class. Offensive tackles Sterling Korona (San Antonio/Ronald Reagan) and Gabe Brandner (Columbia, S.C./Heathwood Hall Episcopal), as well as athlete Darren Andrews (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat) also committed to Duke last weekend.
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