BUFORD, Ga. – Brice Ramsey entered the Buford High football complex Friday for the Elite 11 regional competition in unassuming fashion.
He wore a red Georgia hoodie, shorts and sandals and kept a faceless expression while listening to music through his red Beats headphones. He had a football tucked under his left arm.
He stood in line for registration just like all the other kids.
While Ramsey looked calm and ready, his mother, Yolanda, tipped her hand about the importance of the day.
"We've only talked about two goals, Elite 11 and winning a state championship," she said.
The Ramsey family had driven up from Camden County the day before. Yolanda, Brice's dad Jay and grandfather Ed all made the 350-mile drive up from the Eastern seaboard.
Jay readily bragged that he made it to Buford, a suburb of Atlanta, in the same time it usually took the family to drive to Athens. Ed, Brice's biggest fan and supporter, had his camera at the ready.
Ramsey's future was going to include the SEC, whether he showed out at Elite 11 or not.
"But this is what Brice does," Jay said. "He likes to compete. It won't hurt him, so why not?"
There were 86 participants from 16 different states. The winner would receive an automatic invite to the Elite 11 competition – held in Southern California in July. The focus, at least before the event, seemed to be on Brice, Lassiter's Eddie Printz, North Carolina signal caller Riley Ferguson and Mississippi's Ryan Buchanan.
Ramsey and Printz, joined by Cedar Grove's Jonathan McCreary, were set to lay claim as the best quarterback in the state of Georgia for the 2013 class.