Ratliff has a leader

CLEMMONS, N.C. -- Last Friday, Anthony Ratliff led Matthews (N.C.) Butler to a dominating 48-7 win over West Forsyth in the third round of the state playoffs. Following the game, the junior quarterback spoke with Scout.com.

Last week, Anthony Ratliff played very well in Butler's third-round win against West Forsyth. The talented junior passed for 180 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 80 yards and two scores.

Not surprisingly, his recruitment continues to gain momentum.

"I think I have seven offers – North Carolina, Clemson, N.C. State, Mississippi State, Toledo, Georgia State and UNC-Charlotte."

One school has separated themselves from the rest.

"North Carolina is my No. 1 school," he said. "They're my top school because of the coaching staff and I feel like I'm at home when I'm on campus. I also like the offense."

He stays in contact with two of North Carolina's coaches.

"I have the closest relationships with (quarterbacks) coach (Blake) Anderson and (wide receivers) coach (Gunter) Brewer," Ratliff said.

"Coach Brewer is my recruiter, so we talk a lot. I call him a lot to check in on things and see how things are going. So that type of relationship is always great to build on."

Clemson is No. 2 on his list.

"I like their fast-paced offense and great coaching staff," Ratliff said. "Also, the tradition they have."

He stays in contact with a specific coach from Clemson.

"(Tight ends) coach (Danny) Pearman is recruiting me," he said. "He's just a great coach. He's very cool and great to be around."

Although recruiting is important, Ratliff's main focus is on tomorrow night's fourth-round playoff showdown against rival Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek.

"The key is going to be focus and preparation," he said. "Everything has to be executed perfect in practice and we've got to be ready to get into a battle. It's going to be a good one."

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