Ramsey rises to the elite level

BUFORD, Ga. -- Brice Ramsey of Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County had nothing to prove.

Ramsey is ranked by ESPN as the nation's No. 9 pocket passer and has already committed to Georgia, but that didn't stop him from wanting to compete at Friday's Elite 11 Regional camp at Buford High School.

Ramsey, a four-star prospect, was one of around 20 signal-callers on hand at the camp that had scholarship offers and it proved to be a perfect opportunity for Ramsey to test his ability.

"I think it was worth it to see the competition I have to go against," Ramsey said. "I was kind of bummed I did not get the Elite 11 invite, but there will be other chances to earn that. I was glad that I got in the final group, though."

Ramsey made a name for himself as a camp standout as a rising ninth grader, and actually committed last July to Georgia over Clemson, Florida, Florida State and several other programs before he had ever started a varsity football game in high school. With an impressive performance that put him in contention for MVP at the camp, Ramsey walked off the field happy with how his day went.

"I feel like I did really well," Ramsey said. "I started out kind of slow, but I progressed and I think I really got hot at the end. It was really organized compared to other camps I have been too, and I got a lot of reps in."

His mother, Yolanda Ramsey, knew long ago her son would be asking to take him up to the Elite 11 Regional.

"Brice wanted to compete, and once you lose that drive to compete, you might as well just hang it up," Ramsey's mother said. "I think any opportunity he has to work with different coaches gives him an advantage since he will get more input into how to be a better quarterback."

One of the wide receivers catching passes from Ramsey on Friday was Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) a 2014 prospect that committed to Georgia earlier this month. The sophomore wideout made sure to line up with Ramsey whenever possible, and the duo seemed to be in perfect tune throughout the day.

"It was good catching passes from Brice," Kitt said. "It felt like he was my college quarterback already."

Current college QBs give back

Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray was watching the competition Friday and the former Elite 11 most valuable player was happy to see the next crop of talented quarterbacks in action. Murray was on the field with his former Tampa (Fla.) Plant coach, Robert Weiner.

"It is awesome just to be back and see these kids out here having fun and competing together," Murray said. "It was a great event when I was here, and I still keep in touch with a lot of the quarterbacks to this day. It is a great experience, so I hope they take as much from it as I did."

Halfway through the event, Murray and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd spoke to the group about their experience at the Elite 11.

"My advice is to listen to the staff and get as many reps as you can," Murray said. "It is a camp, so you need to take advantage of the chance to hone your craft."

According to Murray, that process does not end after high school.

"I am still working on my craft, footwork, accuracy and timing," Murray said. "You are never a perfect quarterback, so as long as I get to play this game I am going to be working on improving in every aspect."

The 2012 season brings high hopes for Murray and the Bulldogs, who are coming off a 10-4 season.

"My goal this year is to win a national championship at Georgia," Murray said. "That is my No. 1 goal, but my top offseason priority was to become a better team leader and try to take this team to greater heights this fall."

Ramseys say Henry is all Dawg

Running back Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), who earned his second invite to The Opening after notching a 138.01 SPARQ rating at the Orlando Nike Combine in March, committed to Georgia along with Ramsey last summer.

The two have been longtime friends and the ESPN 150 prospects are the cornerstone of the best recruiting start for Georgia in the Mark Richt era.

But with Henry in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend for an unofficial visit to Tennessee for the second time this spring, many have wondered just where the 6-foot-3, 242-pound running back stands. Ramsey thinks there is nothing to worry about.

"I feel like Derrick is solid," Ramsey said. "He is solid to Georgia."

His mom echoed his confidence.

"He is coming over to have dinner at my house when he gets home, so I will make sure he is a Bulldog," Yolanda Ramsey said.