The recruitment has officially begun for Marietta (Ga.) Pope offensive lineman Grant Ramsay. This weekend, Ramsay planned to attend his third junior day. It would be at UCF after taking previous trips to Wake Forest and Alabama. The trip began and ended with some good news for Ramsay.
"On Friday afternoon, I was on my way down to Central Florida and my dad called me and said I had a package from Minnesota, a FedEx package saying they offered a full four-year scholarship to go to school there," Ramsay said. "Then on Saturday when I was at Central Florida, their head coach said that the offer was in the mail."
The Minnesota offer was something that really excited Ramsay and not only because it was his first.
"I couldn't believe it because it was a school I really liked," he said. "I just thought they forgot about me. I was so happy. I felt like all my hard work was starting to pay off."
What is it about the Gophers that Ramsay likes?
"Just the offense they run. They run a power running offense. I like the conference they play in and I feel like they're getting back to what they used to be. They have a rich tradition and hopefully I can be a part of that."
Ramsay also was encouraged by his weekend at UCF.
"I took a campus tour and facility tour," he said. "I like what they're doing and Coach O'Leary is really changing things at Central Florida. They're a program I'm going to really take a look into."
The 6-foot-5, 280 pound offensive guard is also getting serious interest from Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Arizona, Georgia, UCLA and Tennessee. Among the other programs that have been showing interest, four schools stand out.
"Really, I'm hoping that I get an offer from either University of Arizona, Wake Forest, UCLA or Vanderbilt," he said. "Those are four really good schools that I really like. I haven't been able to visit but two of them which is Wake Forest and Vanderbilt."
This spring will be filled with combines and camps and a couple of college visits to a couple of those schools that have sparked Ramsay's interest.
"I plan to take a trip up to Minnesota over my spring break and we plan to visit University of Arizona too," he said. "It could be over spring break and it could be in June because they invited me to their one-day camp."
Already Ramsay has been staying very busy just working out and preparing for his senior season, working out twice a day four times a week. His effort off the field shines through in his play on it.
"I come off the ball really well and I use my hands well," he said. "I drive my feet and I finish my block. I don't just wait for a guy to fall over, I finish."