Ripley pair interested in Cardinals

Ripley (TN) High School is a program on the rise and may have their best season yet just ahead of them. Two of its standout players are showing interest in the Cardinal football program.

Ramon Foster and Brian Flag are two standout senior to be's at Ripley High School, that make plays on both sides of the ball.

Ramon Foster is a name that some are probably familiar with. He is the younger brother of current Cardinal redshirt freshman Renardo Foster. Just like his older brother, Ramon has amazing size at 6'7, 285-pounds. He plays both defensive end and offensive tackle for Coach Johnny McAdams. He has also lined up at tight end on occassion.

Foster is being recruited as both an offensive tackle and defensive tackle. If he were to chose to play for Louisville, there would a very good possibility that he could start along side his brother Renardo, who was recently moved from the defensive line to the offensive line.

When I spoke with Coach McAdams about Ramon, he told me that he is bigger and further along in his development than Renardo was at the same time.

"Ramon has become a lot better than Renardo did at this time," said Coach McAdams. "I've only been coaching here for four years and before I got here there just wasn't much emphasis on weight training and development. I have made that a big part of our team development and it has really helped Ramon."

Foster, who has been named All-Region as both a sophomore and a junior, is drawing considerable interest, which will only continue to increase. Foster's current favorites are Louisville, Tennessee, Memphis, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Brian Flag plays both linebacker and fullback at Ripley, but is being recruiting primarily as a linebacker. Flag described his play at linebacker as fast, always moving and determined.

Flag who was honored as the Region's Co-Defensive MVP following last season, felt that the award helped him feel that his hard work payed off.

"I felt real satisfied," explained Flag, who carries a 3.8 GPA and scored a 23 on his first ACT test. "I was always working hard and playing hard every game, so getting that proved that what I was doing worked."

Louisville, Auburn, Ole Miss, Memphis, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and Arkansas are some of the programs that Flag is interested in, but he told me that he is wide open right now.

"Where the school is located, is one thing I'll look at," explained Flag when I asked him about what he'll look for in a school. "I want to talk to the younger players that might not play as much and see how they are treated. I want to know how the coaches conduct themselves to all the players. I also want to make sure that they have good facilities and that they aren't run down."

Coach McAdams had great praise for both Foster and Flag.

"They are both really great young men," said Coach McAdams. "They are great to work with and will be a great asset to any program."

Another player to keep an eye on at Ripley is junior to be Blake McAdams. Blake is the coaches son and is the starting quarterback and punter. Coach McAdams believes that Blake will most likely be recruited by most as a safety and punter.

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