Madison, Miss.--An All-State performer at guard this season for Madison Central High, 6-4, 285 Chaz Ramsey is one of the top offensive line prospects in the South this year.
A commitment to Auburn early in the recruiting process, Ramsey is scheduled to take an official visit to the Plains this weekend to check out the Tigers. He says he's anxious to get to town and begin making friendships with his future teammates.
"I'm just ready to get there and hang out with the players," Ramsey says. "I want to become good friends with them because when I get over there they'll be like my brothers because we'll be together so much."
A four-star prospect and rated as the number 18 guard in the country by Scout.com, Ramsey earned a spot in a postseason all-star game in Florida along with several Auburn commitments. Along with Bailey Woods, Enrique Davis, Wes Byrum and Kodi Burns, Ramsey performed well as his East team won the game with all but Burns playing on the team. Ramsey says the experience was one he'll never forget.
"That was real neat going down there," Ramsey says. "Me and Bailey and Enrique and Wes Byrum and Kodi Burns all hung out all week in the hotel. It was real fun to see what kind of talent each one of us had before we even get to Auburn and play together. You don't get that chance much. It was probably the most fun I've had in a long time."
Ramsey is a physical player who will likely see his first action at guard for the Tigers, but could play any of the five positions up front.
Getting a chance to see many of the guys play football in person for the first time Ramsey says he was very impressed by the play of his teammates in the game. He says two of the guys in particular stood out with one he'll be blocking for stealing the show for the West.
"They've got it going on," Ramsey says of his future teammate. "Big Bailey played a good game and Kodi threw several real good passes. He was on the West and we were on the East. We had linebackers that ran like 4.4 or 4.5 and Kodi was running off and leaving them. They couldn't get their hands on him when he was scrambling."
Normally a guard who uses his outstanding athleticism and speed to pull and block on the corners of the defense, Ramsey was forced into an unfamiliar role in the game as without a center on the roster the job went to him. Knowing he would likely be playing center, Ramsey says he prepared for the job and played well despite his limited feel for the position.
"I hadn't played center since the ninth grade," Ramsey says. "I knew I was capable of doing it though. I snapped for about a week before I went to the game and everything was fine once I got there. I was the only lineman who played the whole game so I guess it turned out good after all."
This weekend Ramsey will re-unite with Woods and Davis on his official visit while also getting a chance to talk with several players he's become friends with over the last few months. Among them are offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and safety Michael McNeil. Ramsey says that they got a head start on McNeil in the all-star game week and he's anxious to continue that this weekend in Auburn.
"It's neat because although we don't know where he's going to school we became real good friends with him," Ramsey says of himself and Woods' interaction with McNeill. "He's a real good guy."