Ransom's fast start brings D-1 interest

One of the top JC running backs still flying a bit under the radar this year is Hudson Valley RB Bobby Ransom (5-9, 200). He's off to a great start this season and has started to get a bit more attention from a couple of D-1 programs. Read on to hear his story and which schools hold the top spots on his recruiting list…

"We're doing pretty well, but we're 4-2 right now," Ransom told JCFootball.com after a workout. "We lost a tough one to Lackawanna and then last week we got shut out by Nassau, but I missed that game with a sprained ankle.

"We should be able to finish strong though and we're all focused on doing that."

Ransom has excellent speed and strength to go along with his compact build.

"I ran a 4.5 forty this summer and I benched 225 pounds 14 times," Ransom said. "I know that helps me, but I really wanted to get quicker and stronger this summer and I think I did that.

"I worked out twice a day during the offseason and this year I feel so much lighter and stronger – it's amazing."

After finishing a stellar prep career at North Florida Christian, Ransom knew his grades were going to dictate he attend a junior college and since he was originally from the New York/New Jersey area, that's where he focused his attention.

"My parents moved to Florida for a job, but I always wanted to go back to New York," Ransom said. "I loved Florida, but this is my home and I feel real comfortable here."

His freshman season in 2005 was cut short when he broke several ribs in the second game of the season and he sat out the 2006 while still recovering from that injury.

"I got a medical redshirt for that year, so when I finish up this year I'll have three to play three which is cool," Ransom said.

So far in 2007, even though he's missed on game, Ransom has still managed to put up over 600 yards on the ground with five touchdowns.

"They use me out of the spread or out of the ‘I'," Ransom said. "I can play out of either one and sometimes the move me in motion outside so I can catch it in space and make things happen."

Rutgers and Memphis are currently the two schools recruiting Ransom, but he said his coaches have told him others have started to inquire about his availability.

"Both of them have been in the most contact, but I think we're going to send out my tape to a bunch of other schools too," Ransom said. "I have a lot of time, but I want to start getting some visits set up and stuff like that and it would be nice to know where I'm going to be next year.

"I can wait and make sure I'm going to the program that suits me best."

We'll have more from Ransom in the coming weeks.

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