“He’s fantastic,” Statesville head coach Randall Gusler said. “He’s a fantastic player. I’ve been coaching for 25 years [and] had the pleasure of coaching several D-I kids. And he rates right up there with the top five players that I’ve ever coached.
“He’s extremely level headed – he doesn’t let emotions get in his way. He plays very tough – he’s a very hardnosed kid. He’s a good athlete. He’s a phenomenal quarterback. Accuracy wise, he’s off the charts.”
As a freshman, Ramseur split time between junior varsity and varsity squads. He only saw mop-up duty on the varsity level, which allowed him to become accustomed to the big stage.
Ramseur broke out his sophomore season throwing for 3,371 yards and 34 touchdowns on 215-of-343 passing with nine interceptions. He also rushed for 890 yards and nine scores on 150 carries.
After three games in 2014, Ramseur has completed 67.6-percent of his passes for 674 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions. He also leads the team with 185 yards rushing.
Following his sophomore season, East Carolina became the first FBS school to offer Ramseur.
“There are several schools that are sitting on the fence – NC State, [North] Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina,” Gusler said. “All those guys have seen him on field and know what he can do, but I think they’re waiting to see which one will pull the trigger and then they’ll all pull it.
“East Carolina went ahead and offered because they wanted to get the first shot in there.”
UNC saw Ramseur in-person when he attended Fedora’s Freak Show.
“The camp was really intense and was on a different level,” Ramseur said. “The coaches were real hype. They were always motivating and keeping everything positive.”
According to Gusler, UNC remains in the evaluation stage with Ramseur.
“I think their question is: is he an athlete or is he a quarterback?” Gusler said. “I just think they want to see him throw the ball a little bit more before they offer him as a quarterback. They said they were definitely recruiting him as an athlete, right now.”
Gusler believes that Ramseur is a FBS quarterback.
“I know height wise, he’s not what some schools are looking for,” Gusler said. “But he has the athleticism. And the reason I think he’s a quarterback is because of his accuracy. I’ve seen him throw passes that made me say ‘Oh my gosh. How did he just do that?’ He’ll be hemmed up somewhere and all the sudden you’ll see a laser come out and he’ll hit a receiver 35-40 yards away.”
Besides UNC, Ramseur has visited Clemson, Georgia Tech, NC State, and Wake Forest. Through those visits, one school stands out.
“I really like Clemson,” Ramseur said. “The coaching staff gets close to you and really tries to build relationships. And then the way they run their program – fast pace. It’s just the overall atmosphere I love about Clemson. I always liked Clemson growing up.”
Gusler coached Ramseur’s father, who also played quarterback at Statesville during the 1997-98 seasons… Ramseur’s cousin, C.J. Davidson, played running back for Clemson last season. A second cousin was a member of Clemson’s women’s basketball team… Outside of football, Ramseur plays pitcher and right field on the baseball team.
2016 Target: Travis Ramseur
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