Mention that name to Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral center Andrew Ramer (6-3, 290), and the thought of family comes to his mind. Ramer is the cousin of the legendary quarterback of UCLA's memorable 1992 upset of USC, Ramer.
The offensive line/defensive lineman will be at the Rose Bowl on Saturday for the Bruins game with the Trojans, hoping to bring some Barnes mojo as he watches his childhood favorite go to battle in the Crosstown Rivalry.
At the same time, Ramer wouldn't mind joining Barnes as members of the Bruin football program.
While he has no offers to date, Ramer has been getting calls from a trio of Pac-10 schools and a Big 12 school, and thinks a scholarship offer could be forthcoming. "I hear from UCLA a lot, and also Colorado, Oregon and Arizona State," said Ramer. "I've been to two UCLA games so far this year, against San Diego State and against Washington State, a good one and a bad one. I hope this weekend is a good one."
Though the offers have been sparse, Ramer is pretty confident that one could be forthcoming. He said, "To be honest, I didn't really focus on recruiting during the year. I was focused on my season. Now that we're done, I can focus on recruiting."
Ramer finished his senior year playing both ways for the Pumas, who missed out on a CIF playoff spot a year after making it to the CIF semifinals. "We just missed a playoff spot. We thought we may get a wild card, but it didn't work out. Now that the season is over, I got a highlight tape of some game film to the UCLA coaches. Coach Cable said he got my tape and is taking a look at it," said Ramer, who is being recruited by receivers coach Dino Babers.
Ramer was at the Bruins' spring game and Junior Day, and has visited UCLA unofficially, as well as Fresno State and Oregon (where he camped this summer). Ramer also participated in the Nike Camp in Eugene.
"I thought I did well. I was one of the top offensive linemen there. I did 28 reps, ran a 4.7 shuttle and did a 5.2 forty, but did really good in the one-on-oness. I never got beat," said Ramer.
While Ramer could play on the defensive side of the ball, he said he prefers playing center.
So if a UCLA offer came, would a commitment come? "I mean, I've been a UCLA fan for life. It would take a lot for a school to get me away from there if UCLA offered. I pretty much want to stay in California, and UCLA is where I've always wanted to go," said Ramer. "If they offered it would be hard to turn it down. I may wait a while to see my options, but UCLA is my favorite school."
When asked if he remembered the memorable performance of Barnes, Ramer said, "I don't remember, I was pretty young, but I've heard about it a lot."
Also one of the top wrestlers in Southern California, Ramer has a 3.6 GPA and scored a 950 on his SAT.