Southeast Whitfield County High School rests off the beaten path 80-some miles northwest of Atlanta.
Tucked away in the city of Dalton, Ga., it’s home to an overlooked offensive lineman by the name of Noah Ramsey, who has yet to report a single offer.
“A lot of people say it’s because I go to a smaller high school,” Ramsey told SEC Country. “I don’t play the big-name high schools.”
Ramsey may be right.
The biggest test of his high school career came against powerhouse Buford High School in the state playoffs last season. It was the first time he got his name out. But it certainly wouldn’t be the last.
Ramsey carried his momentum over into the summer. He attended eight college camps, including UGA’s “Dawg Night” in July, when he went 12-0 in offensive line drills. He even earned the distinction of Most Valuable Offensive Lineman at the MVP Camp, a prospect event run by Scout’s Chad Simmons and 247Sports.com’s Rusty Mansell.
Now, the 6-foot-4, 262-pound center has positioned himself as a name to watch for as January and February inch closer. A versatile lineman, Ramsey can flash all along the offensive line at just about every position. He’s a three-sport athlete who often reserves the spring for baseball and basketball. And his size and speed have caught the attention of a few SEC programs.
“They like his athleticism,” said Sean Gray, coach at Southeast. “Most like that as a center in our particular offense, we pulled him a lot. So, he’d snap and pull probably a third of the time. We would trap with him and he’d pull on sweeps.”
Gray admitted Ramsey is the first true Division I prospect he’s ever coached. The process is new to him, too, but he’s puzzled as to why a single school has yet to offer him. A handful of Division II programs have come to see Ramsey, Gray said a majority thought they had no shot at him.
“Well, we know we can’t get him,” Gray recalls a few coaches telling him.
But he knows what kind of player he has and what kind of player an FBS program would be getting if they did extend an offer.
Gray needs only to look back to October when his program squared off against powerful Cartersville (Ga.) High School and orchestrated a nine-minute drive that began on the two-yard line.
“He had two pancakes on linebackers on the first drive where he pulled out and hit the linebackers in the hole,” Gray recalls. “I’m talking straight-up pancakes. They love that part of him.”
Added Gray: “If he was playing guard or tackle and didn’t have to worry about snapping and went straight downhill on somebody, I think he’d be even better.”
A month later, the preseason AAAA all-state team nominee could be on the cusp of receiving his first offer. He’s unofficially visited several SEC programs this fall: Tennessee (three times), UGA, South Carolina and Auburn, among others.
The Gamecocks have expressed the most interest, according to Ramsey and Gray. So much so that a Dec. 1 visit could be in the works, and Ramsey believes an offer could follow soon after.
“That’s the vibe I’m getting from South Carolina, definitely,” Ramsey said. “They told me they like me, my tape and stuff like that. I get a good vibe from them when I’m down there in the way they talk to me and act around me.”
Ramsey will unofficially visit Auburn for the second time this season on Saturday, and he believes there is mutual interest there, too.
But he’s in search of one thing.
“I would be happy with any offer.”