RECRUITING: Gators on top of Ramos' list

Marquiste Ramos, a converted linebacker, blossomed into his new position last year and has several offers from the big schools, including the Florida Gators, which are on top of his list.

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Ramos started last season as a defensive end before switching to middle linebacker sometime in the middle of the season.

"When I was playing end, teams were always running away from me," Ramos said. "I was making some plays but wasn't involved enough so my coaches moved me to middle linebacker. That's when I really started making plays. I got switched in the Melbourne game and had 22 tackles in the second half alone of that game. I played there the rest of the year and now I'm very comfortable there."

Ramos, who finished his junior season with 98 tackles and seven sacks, has grown comfortable to the position and is quickly emerging as one of the top prospects in the state at that position.

"I just know the game really well mentally," he said. "I have good awareness and can read the guards. It allows me to get to the ball real quickly."

Ramos, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, is also one of the area's top shot put and discus throwers. He is getting recruited by most schools as a linebacker, although some like him as a defensive end.

"The three big Florida schools are all recruiting me as a linebacker," he said. "Maryland wants me to play defensive end. Right now, my top five would be Florida, Florida State, Miami, Auburn, and Notre Dame."

The talented junior has already picked up a few offers and expects many more this spring.

"Florida, Notre Dame, and UCF have offered me already," he said. "Florida's on top right now. I've always liked them. My dad and uncles and all that like them. When I went on a visit there, I liked the school and what they were doing with their football program. Florida State said they want to see me during spring practice before offering. Miami just asked for more tape."

Ramos plans on attending the All-American Combine in Boca Raton on May 13.

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