One of Auburn's prized offensive line recruits, Chaz Ramsey from Madison, Miss., Central High School, is expected to be one of the top players on the field for the 7 p.m. kickoff at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The first team All-State selection told Inside the Auburn Tigers that his all-star week has been a positive experience so far. "It's been fun," he says. "They have got me playing center, which is not big of a deal cause I've played all the positions.
"It's good playing against some good competition and getting used to the speed," Ramsey adds. "I think it's going to help me a lot playing in this before I head over to Auburn."
The history of this all-star series has featured dominance by the Alabama All-Stars. Ramsey and his teammates are quite aware of that fact and says his number one goal this week is to leave Mobile with a victory. "As a team, we have got to put it on Alabama," he says.
"I don't think we have won but one time in the last six years," adds Ramsey, who has taken a role as a team leader in practice. "Hopefully, we'll beat them and it'll be a good game playing against good competition."
Chaz Ramsey was an early verbal commitment for Auburn.
Commenting on his all-star teammates who have impressed Ramsey, the future Tiger says, "Derek Sherrod (Caledonia High School), our big offensive tackle, has been been playing real good football. Our noseguard, Joshua Stevens (Heidelberg High), he's been playing real well, also. And at quarterback, Austin Davis (West Lauderdale High), he's throwing the ball real well."
Ramsey, who checks in at six-foot-four, 292 pounds, has shown in practices he is in excellent shape. That is no surprise to his high school coach at Madison Central, Bobby Hall, who notes that the lineman has a tremendous work ethic. "I don't know if I have ever had one who is as talented as Chaz who is as determined as he is to be a great football player."
Ramsey is part of an impressive recruiting class of offensive linemen for the Tigers that includes Jared Cooper of W.S. Neal in Brewton, who is playing for the Alabama All-Stars. Other incoming AU OL signees include highly-regarded signees Ryan Pugh, an Army All-American from Hoover High, along with Kyle Coulahan from Catholic High in Pensacola, Fla., and prep All-American Lee Ziemba from Rogers, Ark., High.
Another Auburn signee, Nick Fairley, is scheduled to start at right tackle for the Alabama team on Saturday night, a week after graduating from Williamson High in Mobile. However, he was recruited by the Tigers as an athlete and is likely to get his first look at Auburn as a defensive player if he is cleared to play this season by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Also playing for the Alabama team is cornerback Ryan Williams from B.C. Rain and linebacker Eltoro Freeman, who has been very impressive in practice this week. Freeman was a standout in the Alabama High School Association's now defunct junior all-star game played in December of 2005. Both Williams and Fairley have been in the news this week with published reports from Mobile noting that the local school board is doing a review of their high school transcripts that were sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse to see if there are any irregularities.
Chaz Ramsey is shown at practice in Mobile.
Ramsey, who was credited with 55 pancake blocks as a senior, was selected to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen of the top prospects in Mississippi. He chose the Tigers over Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Michigan, Tennessee, FSU, South Carolina, LSU and others.
"I am going to Auburn on Sunday after the game," says Ramsey, who plans to get a headstart on his college career by working out on campus with his future teammates.
Commenting on his goal for his freshman season, he says, "I want to be on the traveling team and I want to be in the two-deep. It's going be hard to get up there and do that, but that's what I want to do. And I'm going give it everything I have to get there."
He will get an early start on the 2007 season on Saturday night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. There is no live television or radio coverage planned for the game, however, it will be taped and televised at a yet to be announced time by HSTV with plans to air it on CSS.