Multi-sport athlete interested in football Dores

<B>Ramon McElrathbey</b>, a multi-talented five-sport athlete from the Peach State, looks as though he will use football as his ticket to college. Vanderbilt is among several colleges which have grabbed his attention early in the recruiting process.

ATLANTA, Ga.--Last season Calvin Booker stepped up at quarterback and led Mays High School to the best football season in school history. Booker is graduating this spring and moving to Auburn where he will be a freshman quarterback for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers. This coming season a versatile senior-to-be named Ramon McElrathbey is expected to take over the signal calling duties at Mays.

Like Booker, McElrathbey looks to be one of the best football prospects in the Atlanta area, but his future in college is probably not at quarterback.

"Basically, I am an athlete and I have played a lot of positions going back for years," he says. "I have played running back, safety, quarterback, cornerback and wide receiver."

A coach at another high school notes that McElrathbey is one of the smarter athletes he has watched come up through the athletic ranks in the Atlanta area in recent years. The 5-11, 180-pounder is a five-sport standout due to his combination of athletic ability, excellent hand-eye coordination and understanding of sports.

"I grew up knowing about sports," explains McElrathbey, whose name is pronounced (ray-mon) (mac-L-rath-bay). "I am adopted. Every year I live with a coach that I play with. This year, I am living with my AAU basketball coach, but I have stopped playing AAU basketball to concentrate on football. I have been around coaches all of my life so growing up I learned the games."

McElrathbey says he believes football is probably his best sport, but when he was younger coaches told him that his future was in baseball as an outfielder with pro potential, but he has given up that sport to concentrate on football because the gridiron has more action, he notes.

Ramon McElrathbey

Even with baseball no longer in the mix, McElrathbey still has plenty of other games to keep him busy. He plays tennis for Mays High and is on the school's 4x400 relay team that has qualified for the state track meet. He was also a member of this past season's state championship basketball team.

"I am not really a basketball person, I am more of a football person," he says. "I play small forward in basketball. I am pretty small for the position, but I am a great defender. I can jump, too, so they make me play against big people. I also check the best guard if the other team has one."

On the football field, the Mays High standout says that he believes versatility is his best attribute. "I also have great hands, I have decent speed and I know how to play the game," he notes.

McElrathbey is already garnering attention from college coaches. He mentions Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Boise State, LSU and Vanderbilt as teams that interest him among the schools who have made early contact. He is interested in studying pre-law in college. He has a 3.0 grade point average and plans to take the SAT in June.

He already has set up trips to attend football camps at Auburn and Vanderbilt and will likely make other stops on the summer camp circuit before starting his senior season at Mays. Top Stories