5-11, 180, 4.5
Mays High School
The Tigers added their third big commitment of the week earlier today when Mays High School standout Ramon McElrathbey pledged his commitment to the Clemson Tigers.
"He likes ACC football," said Mr. McElrathbey in an interview. "He watches it all the time. He committed to Clemson, that is correct."
"He had been at camp all week and they offered him a scholarship. I talked to Coach Bowden, and I think it's a great fit for him," added Ramon's father.
Southeastern recruiting expert Scott Kennedy says that McElrathbey is one of the top players available this year.
"He was probably the top overall athlete at the MSL Combine in Atlanta," said Kennedy late Friday afternoon. He's a player I like a lot and I included him in my South Hot 100."
McElrathbey will take over at quarterback for Mays this season, but he projects as a wide receiver or defensive back on the college level.
The Tigers like McElrathbey primarily as a cover corner.
"Basically, I am an athlete and I have played a lot of positions going back for years," Ramon said in an interview earlier this year. "I have played running back, safety, quarterback, cornerback and wide receiver."
McElrathbey has a 3.0 grade point average and plans to take the SAT later this June.
"I grew up knowing about sports," explained McElrathbey, whose name is pronounced (ray-mon) (mac-L-rath-bay) in an interview with Inside the Auburn Tigers earlier this year. "I am adopted. Every year I live with a coach that I play with. This year, I am living with my AAU basketball coach, but I have stopped playing AAU basketball to concentrate on football. I have been around coaches all of my life so growing up I learned the games."
McElrathbey says he believes football is probably his best sport, but when he was younger coaches told him that his future was in baseball as an outfielder with pro potential, but he has given up that sport to concentrate on football because the gridiron has more action, he notes.
Even with baseball no longer in the mix, McElrathbey still has plenty of other games to keep him busy. He plays tennis for Mays High and is on the school's 4x400 relay team that has qualified for the state track meet. He was also a member of this past season's state championship basketball team.
"I am not really a basketball person, I am more of a football person," he says. "I play small forward in basketball. I am pretty small for the position, but I am a great defender. I can jump, too, so they make me play against big people. I also check the best guard if the other team has one."
On the football field, the Mays High standout says that he believes versatility is his best attribute. "I also have great hands, I have decent speed and I know how to play the game," he notes.
We will continue to keep you updated on the newest Clemson commitment Ramon McElrathbey, right up through signing day 2005.