Auburn Gameday Atmosphere Impresses Recruit

A big offensive line recruit liked what he saw on his visit to check out the Auburn football victory over LSU.

Madison, Miss.--Following an unofficial visit to the Plains in June, offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey committed to Auburn and noted that the Tiger program felt like a family to him and he loved the laid back atmosphere.

On Saturday, the 6-4, 272-pound offensive line prospect got his first chance to witness the anything but laid back gameday atmosphere on the Plains and he says it only intensified the strong feelings he already had for Tommy Tuberville's program.

"It was my first game to ever be there and it was a lot more than I expected," he exclaims. "The fans are great. The atmosphere is great and it is just a wonderful place with great coaches.

"I can't wait to get there," he adds. "I didn't want to come home."

The Madison Central High School standout also notes that he didn't have any problems finding plenty of activities to keep him busy during his visit.

"We got to experience Tiger Walk--got to stand at Tiger Walk when they came by and then on the field during pregame," says the talented lineman, who is ranked as a four star recruit by Scout.com. "Then, after the game we got to go in the locker room and talk with some of the players and coaches. I had a great time.

"I liked Tiger Walk a lot," he adds about his favorite part of the experience. "That was really neat."

Ramsey adds that having the chance to see a huge game like Auburn vs. LSU was intense. "It really did pump me up," he notes. "The defenses were amazing on Saturday, and I talked to Coach Nall (offensive line coach Hugh Nall) and stuff after the game. Obviously, they weren't pleased, they were held to like 180 something total yards.

"Then, Duckworth (senior guard Tim Duckworth) had an interview on your website saying that the offensive line was really mad at themselves," he continues. "But they beat the number six team in the country so you can't complain too much."

Ramsey adds, however, that even though he was impressed with the win, he was even more impressed with the fact that Nall and Duckworth were not pleased with the offensive line's play during the game. "I love that, it just shows that they are that much better," he notes.

Ramsey says that he is not totally satisfied with his own play through four games of his senior season even though his stat sheet looks impressive.

Chaz Ramsey

"I have done alright this season," he explains. "Coming over from private school to public school the speed jump is real big and we run a lot of different blocking schemes with the zone blocking and stuff, but I think I have gotten used to it. I have graded out about 87 percent on the year so far and I have got to get that up, but I do have, I think, 34 pancake blocks through four games."

As a team, Madison Central has gotten off to a strong start, but was not able to pull off the win in their biggest game to date.

"We are 3-1 right now," Ramsey notes. "Things are going real well. We are rushing the ball a lot. We have only tried throwing the ball like 15 times all year. We have had 300 yards rushing every game so we are just coming off and hitting them in the mouth so far.

"We lost to Wayne County, which is the number two team in the state right now behind South Panola," he continues. "Heading into the fourth quarter we were down 28-21, and then with five minutes left in the game they ran off three quick touchdowns so the score looked a lot worse than it was, but we played a really good game with them."

Even though Madison was not able to pull off the early season upset of the War Eagles, Ramsey says he feels like his team still has a good chance of taking home the 5A hardware in Mississippi at the end of the season.

"I really do think we will," he says about his team having a shot at making a deep playoff run. "We are getting better and better every week. Our quarterback is coming around and we are going to start passing here a little bit more."


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