August 25, 2012

Ramsey wants to be known for football

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DAYTON, Ohio - Saturday was a big day for Terry Ramsey and his Clayton (Ohio) Northmont team as they got a big win to start the season against Cincinnati Princeton high school by a 24-14 margin. Big wins on the football field are still a new thing for the 6-foot-4, 220 pound, class of 2014, defensive however as football is still a new sport to him while he makes the transition from basketball to football.

Ramsey has devoted more of his playing time to the hardwoods instead of the gridiron but regardless of the sport that is to be played, a win is a win and nothing beats winning the season opener to get things started off on the right foot.

"It means a lot to me, it is a big deal to me," Ramsey said of winning the season opener. "Last year we came out and we lost (the opener), we came back this year and we went hard."

Princeton high school would not go away without a fight and it was a hard fought game on both sides under the Ohio late summer heat at Welcome Stadium in Dayton for the Skyline Crosstown Showdown. The Northmont crowd traveled well to the game and Ramsey and his teammates were appreciative of the support that the local fans gave them.

Ramsey has played center in basketball but doesn't want to be known as having football as his second sport when he is not playing basketball any longer.

"I want football to be my first sport," Ramsey said when asked of his pecking order of sports.

What is it about football to Ramsey that has given him the drive to play football instead?

"I love football, I love the hitting," Ramsey said with a smile after the game. "I really love to hit out there on the field."

The junior defensive end believes that he can get bigger and knows that to play defensive end at the next level that he is going to have to add weight to his frame.

"I plan on adding a lot more weight," Ramsey said. "By the end of football season I want to be at least 240 pounds."

The colleges are starting to take notice of Ramsey, not bad for a player who wasn't even playing football at the start of his high school career.

"Ohio State and West Virginia are talking to me as well as a bunch of other Division One schools," Ramsey said. "West Virginia just let me know recently that they want me to come down to some of their games."

Ramsey is also very interested in the home-state Buckeyes and wants to get up to Columbus to check some things out and get to know the program better.

"(Ohio State) wants me to send them some film," Ramsey added. "They really want me to visit there. I wasn't able to get to their Friday Night Lights however. They told me they really want to check me out."

The junior defensive end still has plenty of time in his recruiting process with two years to go until he has to sign a Letter of Intent and right now he is just focused on the goal of helping his team win games and in order to do that he has to put in the extra work in all facets of his life when it comes to being a student athlete.

"I am putting in work every day. I am putting in work in the weight room, putting in work at practice," Ramsey said. "Every day is another day of hard work and it will pay off for me."


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