Brice Ramsey has no illusions that his jump from quarterback of a wing-T offense at Camden County High School to Georgia and the Southeastern Conference won’t take some time.
“It’s tough for anyone, but coming out of high school all the verbiage is different, all the words for plays are different,” he said.
Ramsey will have time to learn the new language and a new system.
Fifth-year senior Aaron Murray is set to start for a fourth season for Georgia and backup Hutson Mason is waiting in the wings as the likely starter in 2014. Georgia also has scholarship quarterbacks Christian LeMay and Faton Bauta on the roster.
“It’s a tough adjustment,” said Ramsey, one of 13 early enrollees at Georgia. “This is a new pro-style spread, but I’ve been to a lot of camps since the seventh grade. I went to the Elite 11. The wing-T didn’t hurt me as much as everyone thinks it did. I did a lot of stuff on my own time to get prepared for college.”
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Ramsey wants to get bigger. He’s already put on about nine pounds since arriving on campus, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.
“He’s very raw at the quarterback position in terms of what he’s done,” Bobo said. “I like the progress he’s made each year in playing high school football. … He’s going to continue to grow. He’s going to be a big kid and he’s got a bright future. Lord willing, he stays healthy and works hard.”
Ramsey, who doesn’t turn 18 until the week after Georgia’s G-Day game in April, was a two-year starter in the wing-T, an offense in which he passed for only 1,396 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior.
There are mixed views on Ramsey in recruiting circles, but two recruiting services rank him as a top-seven quarterback.
“Everyone says I’ve got a high-ceiling,” Ramsey said. “That’s fair to say. Maybe if I played in a spread in high school, I could be the No. 1 quarterback. That’s probably the only thing that hurt me in the high school rankings.”
He was ranked as high as the No. 37 overall prospect by 247Sports and outside the top 250 prospects by Rivals.com
“Brice Ramsey has really struggled in any system other than the one he runs in high school,” Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said. “He struggled at the Elite 11 picking up his progressions and seeing the field and he struggled at the Under Armour practices and the games. He’s sort of a project quarterback and quarterback is the most important position in any recruiting class. There are question marks about that.”
Not from a current and former teammate.
“He learns everything quick,” said freshman receiver J.J. Green, who also played at Camden County. “He knows where everybody should be, what route the receiver should be running, what blocking scheme. He can set all that up.”