Mike Ramsay talks visit to Duke

Mike Ramsay

Though his commitment was never in doubt, Georgia defensive lineman Mike Ramsay says his visit to Durham was enough to make him commit all over again.

"Sydney Sarmiento was my host for the weekend," said Marietta (Ga.) Walker School standout Mike Ramsay. "I visited Duke two weekends ago, and had a great time."

Ramsay, who committed to Duke over the summer after attending camp in Durham, chose Duke over offers from Navy, Georgia State, and Furman. He was also being recruited by the Ivy League, Virginia, and Georgia. He was offered in person by Coach Cutcliffe over the summer, and committed on the spot.

"When I was there I felt that I did very well and impressed a lot of the coaches with my performance. I felt like I really showed my talent level and skill set."

Since then Ramsay has played his senior season for Walker, which resulted in a number of personal accolades.

"I was named defensive player of the week twice during the season for the area. I was the defensive player of the year for my division; the team's offensive player of the year; and I was named captain for the GACA all-state game. I also made all-county and all-state."

Currently measuring out at 6-foot-2 and 284 pounds, Ramsay projects to start his career on the interior of the Duke defensive line.

"I met with Coach Petri on my visit, and I'm gong to be a defensive tackle. I'm the only defensive lineman i this recruiting class. I've been working out to add size and strength."

In addition to meeting with his future position coach, Ramsay did all the usual academic and student life tours during his trip to Durham. He also had some time to talk with his host and future teammate, Sarmiento, about what it means to be a Duke football player.

"He talked with me about the brotherhood found on and off the field at Duke. He said it's an immense grind to be a player there, and it takes a lot of hard work to be successful. We also talked about how tight knit he felt with the group, and to take advantage of summer school and the summer workout program."

Ramsay says he plans to sign without delay on National Signing Day.

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