McElrathbey Visiting Florida; Tulane

Ramon McElrathbey is another name that has resurfaced on the University of Florida recruiting board recently.

He was frequently talked about last summer after the Rising Senior Camps at Florida, but at sometime during the fall, he slipped off the radar, just like his friend, Carlos Thomas. Since then he has committed to Clemson, but has re-emerged and taking some final visits.

Florida's new coaching staff has made it a point to stay in touch with Ramon McElrathbey lately. In particular, he's been talking with new defensive backs coach, Chuck Heater. "I talked to Coach Heater," he said. "He was at school and he was at my house the day before yesterday. We talked about visitation. I'm coming on the 28th (of January) is it?"

Heater seems to be building a good relationship, enough that Ramon said, "He [Heater] seemed sincere and cool. They want me to play corner. There's a possibility that I might play offense and defense." He played quarterback in high school, but if he plays offense at the next level, it's projected he would be a wide receiver.

McElrathbey is still a verbal commitment to Clemson, but he's still taking trips. In addition to his trip to Gainesville on January 28, Ramon is traveling to New Orleans to see the Tulane this weekend. He's set to visit Clemson the weekend of January 14. Ramon did mention that there is a possibility that he, wide receiver Carlos Thomas, and running back James Davis (all from the Atlanta area) could end up at the same school. Ramon said, "We're looking into that."

Ramon is projecting as a cornerback at the next level. At 5-11, 180 pounds, with a 4.55 forty yard dash time, Ramon seems to have the physical tools necessary to play the position. Asked what makes him stand out as a defensive back, he answered, "I'm aggressive and I'm offensive minded, so I always go up and get the ball."

His college visits are not just random choices. He has the recruiting process planned out and he's got a checklist for every school. When it comes time to make his college choice, he'll go down that checklist and add things up.

"I have a little system that I do," he said. "I keep a notebook for every school I visit and I write down the pros and cons." Clemson still seems to hold the lead for McElrathbey, but with the Gators severe need for corners, Florida could move further up his charts, particularly since he's doing an official in Gainesville a few days before signing day. Florida is also recruiting his two close friends, Thomas and Davis, which could also factor in on signing day.

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