Jaylend Ratliffe Will Live His Dream At GT

Despite a devastating injury, Jaylend Ratliffe has the will and determination to see his dream of attending Georgia Tech still come true. While he won't be enrolling early as planned, he will still enroll at Tech and red-shirt his first year at Georgia Tech.

Profile - Jaylend Ratliffe

Georgia Tech quarterback commit Jaylend Ratliffe had big dreams of graduating early from Scotland High School (N.C.) in order to participate in spring practice at Tech. An ATV accident put a temporary hold on Jaylend’s dream.

Jaylend has since gone through a few surgeries and a lot of physical therapy. Now Jaylend is at home and his spirits are high. He intends to enroll at Georgia Tech next summer.

Ratliffe is still having problems on his left side and he has some issues with his vision but he feels that he is getting better and better. "The people at the hospital all were great with me and really worked with me to get me where I am now."

The doctors have told Jaylend that he’ll need to stay away from football for a year. If everything goes as planned, he’ll be able to resume activities after a year. “I know I’ll be working hard to get to the point of playing football again. It is a passion and love of mine."

Rather than graduating early, Jaylend will now graduate with his senior class. He plans to take everything as it comes. “There is no sense unnecessarily pushing it hard for me to graduate early when I can't play football.”

Jaylend plans to enroll in the summer with the rest of his recruiting class. He will take a redshirt year which will allow him to get accustomed to college life. “I have plans to come back strong the next year and play again."

Ratliffe was thankful knowing that a lot of people cared for him. “I was so happy to hear that Coach (Paul) Johnson said that no matter what I had my scholarship to Georgia Tech. It is a dream of mine to get a degree from Tech and I intend to do just that."


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