Ramsey Well Traveled

ATHENS – Brice Ramsey's non-stop football schedule is starting to slow a bit.

But not before a week that involved traveling the length of Georgia twice in a matter of days on the way to and from Athens and Columbus, Ohio.

While in Columbus the 2013 Georgia commitment guided his Camden Wildcats to their first win ever on national television with a 23-14 beating of Glenville (OH) on Labor Day. The win was a big one for Ramsey – whose experience, not talent, has been the number one question leading into the 2011 season.

"It was defiantly an experience because I've never played in a stadium this size," he said of taking snaps in the horseshoe. "On the way up here there were a lot of things to see."

One thing Camden fans didn't get to see, however, was Ramsey's much-talked-about arm. Camden's Wing-T offense is predicated on the run. It's an offensive system that has lead the Wildcats to winning three state titles. Moving from the Wing-T is a non-starter in football-crazy Camden County.

But by sticking with the Wing-T, Camden coach Jeff Herron has the additional pressure of figuring out how to use one of the top junior quarterbacks in the country in a run-based system in which the quarterback typically throws the ball less than ten times in a game.

"We knew we weren't going to feature Brice in Ohio," Herron said of the game.

"The game in Ohio was about the team – not me," Ramsey said.

Camden 2013 QB Brice Ramsey against Savannah (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

That's not to say that Ramsey didn't throw the ball – he just didn't have to do that to win. Ramsey ended the game going 3-for-6 passing for 18 yards. His punting and kickoffs – both impressive during the contest – lead him to ponder a position switch in college.

"Maybe I should think about doing that in college," he joked after the game.

But in the season opener Ramsey threw the ball all over the field – dominating Savannah 66-0. The game was highlighted with Ramsey's impressive 40-yard touchdown throw in the second quarter to give Camden a 34-0 lead. He hit his receiver near the end zone and was punished by a Savannah defender for sticking with the throw while in the pocket. Ramsey ended that game going 7 for 10 with 116 yards and a touchdown in the air and one on the ground.

After the route of Savannah Ramsey got ready for one of the busiest five days of his life. The trip to Ohio started on Friday September 2nd. He watched Georgia's game with Boise State Saturday night before practicing at Ohio State on Sunday. The game with Glennville was on Labor Day at noon. He didn't return to Kingsland until Tuesday. That Friday the Wildcats hosted a community youth football team, which prevented Ramsey from going to watch good friend Derrick Henry play at Buford Friday night. But the event also delayed his trip to Athens – he left early in the morning in order to get to Athens for recruiting festivities, which started before 10 AM.

The no-good-way-to-get-there trip from Camden County to Clarke County almost always takes at least five hours. Ramsey then took in the Georgia-South Carolina game before leaving to go back home on Sunday.

While in Athens Ramsey spent most of his time with 2012 OT commit John Theus, who drove slightly further from his home in Jacksonville. Ramsey reaffirmed his commitment to Georgia following the game, which did nothing to shorten the drive home after the game.

"When I went into the stadium, it was amazing," Ramsey told Scout.com "The fans are the real deal. My interest in Georgia is as high as it can be and the loss has changed nothing. I'm still a solid commitment."

At least for the next three weeks Ramsey, who has traveled this summer to Athens, Columbia, Tallahassee, Columbus, Carrollton and Gainesville, FL – just to name a few – will be able to walk from his school's locker room to his home stadium to play.

Ramsey may have been inexperienced coming into the 2011 season, but two games in he's already well traveled.

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