Ramirez ready for Tiger Stadium

2014 DB Santos Ramirez has had a hot start to his senior season. With three interceptions and 20 tackles, he hopes to continue showing what the LSU coaches wanted to see. On Saturday morning, he'll head down to Baton Rouge to see the Tigers play in-person for the first time.

Santos Ramirez will get his first taste of Tiger Stadium on Saturday.

The 2014 DB will attend his first ever LSU game in-person when the Tigers square off against Auburn. Ramirez has seen plenty of games on television, but he's anticipating this to be a much different experience.

"I know it's going to be a big-time atmosphere," said Ramirez, who'll leave for Baton Rouge early Saturday morning. "I just want to see how it is down there. I've heard a lot of things about it, so I'm looking forward to it. I've seen some games on TV, so I just want to be a part of it."

If all goes according to plan, he'll be a part of the team this time next year. Ramirez picked up an offer after a standout performance during LSU's camp in July. He returned soon after for an unofficial visit and made a commitment to Les Miles and the coaching staff.

LSU didn't accept it at the time though, wanting to see Ramirez play with pads on during his senior season.

Ramirez accepted that challenge and has tried to elevate his play to match what the LSU coaches wanted. He has three interceptions and about 20 tackles in two Evangel victories, and Ramirez said he's getting better at reading offenses while also bringing the physicality LSU wanted.

"They wanted to see if I could bring the hat, if I could hit," Ramirez said. "That's the main thing they wanted to see me do. I'm very confident in that. It's one of my strengths. If they come see me play, I'm confident they'll like what they see."

The LSU coaches haven't evaluated him yet in-person, but Ramirez said he'll send them a four-game highlight film in a couple weeks.

But LSU isn't the only school keeping a close eye on Ramirez. Arkansas has continued courting the 6-foot-2, 180-pound DB. Ramirez has a teammate — Jared Cornelius — committed to the Razorbacks, and he convinced him to make an unofficial visit to Fayetteville last week for the Samford game.

Ramirez said while he did enjoy the trip, all it did was solidify that LSU is where he wants to be.

"The atmosphere is great and everything, but they don't have anything on LSU," Ramirez said. "Arkansas has a lot going for them. It was a great game and everything, but now I get to see what LSU is like."

Hoping to join them on the Tiger Stadium field next year, Ramirez has kept a close eye on this year's team. Ramirez said the Tigers have exceeded his expectations during their 3-0 opening to the season.

"I'm really impressed," Ramirez said. "I didn't expect the defensive backfield to perform like that. I didn't know how it was going to be when everyone graduated or went to the draft. I'm really impressed with their defense. Offensively, they've really made steps forward. I really like what LSU's doing right now."

He's also kept a close eye on fellow Shreveport native Tre'Davious White.

"Tre White's always been a great athlete," Ramirez said. "I always had great expectations for him. I wish the best of luck to him. Good things are still coming for him."

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