Ratliff Competes at Freak Show

Anthony Ratliff, a 2015 quarterback, enjoyed his experience at Fedora's Freak Show on Saturday night.

"It was great," Ratliff said. "There was a lot of competition between the quarterbacks – seeing Tyler Queen and Emiere Scaife from Mallard Creek. It was very fun being around all the coaches and seeing how hyped they were."

Fedora's Freak Show is a camp UNC hosts with approximately 50 elite prospects performing.

Ratliff, a 6-foot, 179-pound quarterback from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, has also camped at Clemson, Georgia, and Tennessee.

"The Fedora Freak Show was more fun," Ratliff said. "The other [camps] were more of a serious type deal. [At UNC] it was fun being around the coaches and having fun with the reps I took, but I also took it very seriously."

The atmosphere of performing inside Kenan Stadium with music blaring was another difference Fedora's Freak Show provided.

"I actually noticed [the atmosphere] when the music came on," Ratliff said. "I was like ‘Wow.' It had me very hyped. Being in the stadium just allowed me to feel what the atmosphere is like on during Saturday night game."

UNC offered Ratliff back in March. He has also collected offers from Georgia State, Mississippi State, and Toledo, and is receiving significant interest from Clemson, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Although he's reluctant to name a leader, UNC definitely left a strong impression on Ratliff on Saturday night.

"They put themselves in a great position, in my opinion, because the comfortable level I felt there was really great," Ratliff said. "I can't really name a leader because of all the schools I haven't seen, but Carolina definitely put itself in a better position Saturday."

Ratliff is scheduled to visit Mississippi State on July 19. He is also looking into trips to Alabama, Michigan, and Oregon.

Ratliff is unsure when he'll announce a list of favorite schools. But he figures to make a verbal commitment before his senior season begins.

Having arrived with his father just before camp registration began, Ratliff didn't receive a lot of time with the UNC coaches before hitting the field. He did, though, have brief conversations with Blake Anderson, the Tar Heels' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and Gunter Brewer, Ratliff's primary recruiter.

"They told me to have fun when I get out there and to have a fun night," Ratliff said. "And also, they said to take every rep seriously. But mostly they said it was going to be a fun night so I was looking forward to it."

When on the field, Ratliff worked under Anderson.

"It was very comforting," Ratliff said. "I don't make a lot of mistakes, but I had a couple and he didn't really get on me. As it went on, the more comfortable I got, the better I felt so the better the ball came out.

"And being around Coach Anderson is great, because he's a great coach."

Ratliff's impressive throwing performance at the Freak Show followed his 4.6 40-yard dash, which was the fastest for his position.

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