Ramos Happy With Decision

Lovejoy (GA) wide receiver JuMichael Ramos didn't start to focus on football until last summer and the result was a stellar senior season.

Lovejoy (GA) wide receiver JuMichael Ramos didn't start to focus on football until last summer and the result was a stellar senior season.

"I started looking hard at football a little bit my junior year, but I was more focused on basketball at the time," said Ramos. "Then we got a coach in who played at West Virginia and Canadian football, and that year we got together and I put everything into it.

"Over the summer I didn't play AAU basketball, it was just football. I worked out with him and he got me right. I worked on all my techniques... running routes, catching the ball with my hands. It worked for this year."

Ramos, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound wideout, had a breakout senior season for Lovejoy. He helped lead his team to the state finals by totaling 46 catches for 902 yards and six scores.

His early success in the season led to scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Tech, and South Florida, and he committed to the Yellow Jackets in the fall.

However, he wanted to make sure he made the right choice, and NC State came into the picture soon after Dave Doeren took over in Raleigh.

"They've been recruiting me for about a month now," said Ramos. It was coach Jackson for NC State... he's been talking to me for a while now.

"I was considering them because NC State has good academics. Also, I know they are bringing over a strong offense from Northern Illinois with a winning coaching staff, so I wanted to take the visit and see what it was like."

What did he think of his weekend official visit?

"It was very cool," said Ramos. "I liked the facility and the campus. I also liked all of the coaches. They all seemed cool and straightforward. I like coach Doeren a lot and all the players on the team made me feel comfortable.

"I took the visit with my mom and my sister. We drove up and they thought it was great. They liked everything about it, especially the academic support setup. They feel very comfortable with my decision."

It also helped NC State's chances that Ramos had a previous connection with a current commitment and also bonded with some other players and recruits.

"Rashard Smith showed me around," he said. "He was real cool. We talked about everything... he was telling me how the coaches are like that all the time and they are going to do some big things.

"I met some of the recruits too. Quinton Patterson, the linebacker, I went to school with him in the seventh grade before he moved to North Carolina. Plus, I spent a lot of time with the transfer from West Virginia... we hung out a lot with Rashard."

Ramos said that getting to know Dave Doeren was the highlight of the visit for him.

"He's great," said Ramos. "I knew coach Doeren was cool because of how he acted the whole time we were there. He never changed... he was always the same. It's like he was one of us.

"He was real cool with my mom and sister... cracking jokes, just making us feel comfortable there."

Ramos committed to Doeren before leaving campus and headed on the drive back to Georgia knowing he had to inform the Georgia Tech coaching staff of his decision.

"I just told them that I appreciated that they offered me," he said. "I loved the coaching staff, but I felt like I could be more of a threat at NC State. They throw the ball more and I just want the ball and the chance to make plays.

"The coach was understanding about it. I think he had already heard before I called him, so he said he pretty much knew it was going to happen."

There has been a lot of speculation that offensive systems played a big role in his decision to commit to NC State.

"It didn't that much," he said. "What played the biggest factor was I knew what the coaches were telling me at NC State was true, and they really cared about me and meant what they were saying.

"We did talk about the offense a lot though. The NC State coaches told me that they only have a few coming back at receiver and that at least three of the freshmen will play and be in the rotation. I feel like I'm good enough to make it into that rotation."

Ramos made his decision official yesterday, inking with the Wolfpack. Doeren likes what he has landed in the talented receiver.

"JuMichael was committed to Georgia Tech and when we got hired here coach Jackson was able to get in a conversation about playing in a more pass-friendly offense," said Doeren. "He came up this past weekend with his mother and sister and had a great time.

"He's a guy that plays basketball as well... a big receiver, big target, big hands... physical, and he comes from a really, really good football program."


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