ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

If the Cincinnati Bearcats intend on recruiting well in their home state, they are going to have to battle Ohio State. The Bearcats seem to be trying, as they are courting a running back from the Buckeye's own backyard. Ohio State has already secured arguably the best junior running back in the state in Chris Wells.

If one were to say that Columbus (Ohio.) Independence running back Jacob Ramsey (5-11, 220, 4.5) has a lot riding on his senior season; they could be the biggest understatement of the year.

Ramsey missed the entire 2004 season due to an ankle injury.

"It was the first scrimmage against Brookhaven, the third play I broke my ankle," Ramsey said. "I had to have surgery, they put a metal plate and six screws in it."

"I have to come out and show Ohio and everyone else, that I am one of the best backs in the nation,"

Ramsey has completed his rehabilitation and is planning on running track this spring.

"I've been released by the doctor, I'd say right now I'm at about 85%," Ramsey said.

Ramsey was scheduled to go to a recent junior day event at Ohio State, but had to cancel.

"I had a doctors appointment that day," Ramsey said.

He has been invited to junior days at Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Those four schools along with Virginia Tech and Cincinnati have been the main schools pursuing the powerful Ohio running back.

How does the Columbus native feel about the Bearcats?

"Right now, I'm not too sure about Cincinnati," Ramsey said "We'll have to see how things go."

Ramsey is planning on attending a Nike Combine, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Minnesota summer camps.


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