Scotland County High School (NC) quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe and his family spent Friday and Saturday in Atlanta visiting Georgia Tech. Ratliffe may now be getting close to making his college choice.
"Everything about the school is what I am looking for in a school." Jaylend made note of the academics, the football program and he liked what he saw from Atlanta. "Being from a small town in North Carolina, I had some concerns but I don't anymore."
On their way home Jaylend and his parents stopped at the bookstore and got some Georgia Tech gear. "On a scale of 1-10, I'd rate the trip a solid 15. I loved it that much."
When he arrived on campus Friday, Jaylend toured the campus and spent time with current players Harrison Butker and Donovan Wilson. "Of all the players there, I seemed to hit it off best with Harrison." The players all told Jaylend what it was like to be a student-athlete. "In talking to all the players, you could tell there is a lot of good team chemistry."
Jaylend also met with Coach Paul Johnson and Coach Bryan Cook. Coach Johnson and Jaylend talked about both being from a small town in North Carolina. "What I love about him is he says he really wants me there but he isn't going to pressure me into making a commitment."
Coach Johnson let Jaylend know that when he is ready, he'll be ready to take his commitment." Coach Cook said he had great plans for me and I feel I could fit into the offense easily. I just add a few more pounds."
The feeling about Tech was shared by Jaylend's parents. "My mom loved everything there." Jaylend's mom was able to see that Tech would prepare her son for life after football. She liked and knew about the player making good money with Microsoft and loves the fact that coach Johnson helps prepare the players for the real business world. Distance is a plus too, "It's an easy drive for us. They could come see me play if I was to go there."
Jaylend will be sitting down with his parents next week to make a decision. "I have some thinking to do and I have to weigh some things out. I will know by then."