Ramon informed me that Renardo is excited for the upcoming season. "He's really looking forward to it. He's making a lot of progress."
So how is Ramon's recruiting coming along?
"It's going pretty good," explained Ramon (6'7, 285). "It's seriously picking up now that basketball season is over."
A center on Ripley's basketball team, Ramon was honored with his team's Top Rebounder Award following the season. His large presence in the paint has even attracted some interest from a few schools that would like to see him play on the hardwood.
"I've heard from Southeast Missouri, Princeton & Binghamton (NY) about basketball, but I like football better," said Ramon.
Louisville quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm recently visited Ripley High School, but he's just one of many that have stopped by to introduce themselves to Ramon. Coach's from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Memphis, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Oklahoma State have recently visited Ripley.
Ramon has shown his versatility from his freshman season at Ripley. While he is being recruited as either an offensive or defensive tackle, Ramon has lined up as tight end, defensive end, offensive tackle and even kicker. He was quick to point out that he even converted a PAT during his junior season.
Following his junior season, Ramon was named All-Region and All-West Tennessee honorable mention. He told me that in addition to his team goals that he wants to be an All-State and All-American selection after the 2003 campaign.
Louisville has a history of having brothers playing on the same Cardinal squad, most recently with J.T. and Robert Haskins, Bobby and Travis Leffew and incoming freshmen Eric and Thomas Miller. Will Ramon join Renardo to become yet another set of brothers to cause havoc for opposing teams?
"I'm probably going to wait until after the season," said Ramon when asked about when he would decide on a school. "I want to take all my official visits first."
While Ramon, like most prospects, will likely wait until after his senior season before making a decision, he does a short list of early leaders.
"My favorites right now are Tennessee, Louisville, Arkansas and Ole Miss," said Ramon.