Tuberville jetted over to Mississippi on Tuesday to spend time with Madison Central High star Ramsey and his family. The coach left an impression on a much larger group.
"He flew in and we went and got some lunch at a sports grill here in town," Ramsey says. "I had a good time. I went with my parents and my head football coach, Coach Bobby Hall.
"I am mentor of a little third grader over at the elementary school and after lunch we went over to see him," Ramsey notes. "The teacher of my student's class is a huge Auburn fan. She graduated from Auburn in 1998 or 1999, I think. We took Coach Tuberville over there and he read a book to the kids and they got autographs from him. It was a lot of fun."
Ramsey notes that Tuberville seemed to have a really good time interacting with the third graders. "He took a picture with them before he left that is going to be in our local paper and he got all the kids to say "War Eagle" on the count of three before he left. I think they had a good time."
Ramsey, one of the most highly regarded high school seniors in the state of Mississippi, was an early verbal commitment to the Tigers and has stuck with that pledge. The lineman says having Tuberville spend extra time with the family makes Ramsey more eager than ever to play for the Tigers.
"I got to know him even better," Ramsey says of Tuberville. "He is a great guy. He is the most down to earth guy you will ever meet in your life. I can't wait to get over there and play under him."
Commenting on the head coach, Ramsey adds, "He is really pumped about the recruiting class, especially if we can land one or two more of them like McNeil (safety Michael McNeil of Davidson) and one other one. The offensive line class Auburn is going to sign is just amazing. He can't get over that."
Auburn has verbal commitments from offensive linemen Jarred Cooper, Kyle Coulahan, Ryan Pugh and Lee Ziemba. Ramsey took an official visit to Auburn two weeks ago along with Ziemba, Coulahan and Cooper and notes the group got along well with other members of the recruiting class.
There were 17 prospects in for visit the weekend Ramsey visited AU and five last weekend when Pugh made his official visit. Unless there is a change in plans, the Tigers are not expected to have prospects in for official visits this weekend.
Commenting on his plans to finish his senior year, Ramsey says, "I am working out and keeping my grades up. I am ready to get over to Auburn. I plan to come to Auburn in June. I will play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game on the first of June and then I will come to Auburn and start working out with Coach Yox (Kevin Yoxall) on June 3rd."
Ramsey also notes his has been training for his second sport. He throws the shot put and discus for Madison-Central High's trackk and field team. "Last year I won every meet until the state meet. I scratched all three times in discus and a guy outhrew me in the shot put so I came in second."
Ramsey, who is 6-4, 285, says his goal is to add seven to 10 pounds before the 2007 season starts. "I have 15 percent body fat now and I want to keep my body fat down and my speed up," he notes.