Profile - Jaylend Ratliffe
Ratliffe has spent the spring running the hurdles and competing in the high jump for the Scotland County track team. "I finished second in the hurdles. I just missed out finishing first.” Jaylend also finished third in the high jump.
The track season was Jaylend’s first sport competition since his accident. "The competiveness in me was disappointed that I didn't get first in the hurdles. I am truly blessed to be competing after looking what I had to overcome this past year and half.” Jaylend was thankful for the opportunity to compete.
Jaylend is now looking ahead to the chance of playing football at Tech. His doctor has told him that he doesn’t see why he can’t. "He said in his opinion, I am 100% cleared to play.” Ratliffe knows that he still has to be cleared by the Georgia Tech doctors. He will be using the summer and the fall to build his muscles back to where they used to be. “I have to get stronger and I plan on doing that.”
Continuing his rehab will not be the only thing Jaylend will be working on after graduation. Ratliffe will also be working on the academic side of things by taking some college prep courses. “I’ll be working hard to get myself ready and give myself a head start on my college academic work.”