Dillard High School football coach Lorenzo Davis had no time to doze off Tuesday night with relentless phone calls from coaches making a last minute push to recruit his star player. According to Davis, his kids were committed from the start, and confirmed that, when a trio of Panthers penned their collegiate commitments Wednesday.
University of Miami coaches were making a late push for Panther star safety Randy Ramsey. But Ramsey, who wore red from head to toe Wednesday, said that the Hurricanes were ‘too late’ and his January commitment to the University of Arkansas stuck.
“I was committed to Arkansas,” Ramsey said. “Miami came too late. If they would have come earlier, I probably would have taken a visit there. But they came too late. Arkansas coaches were straight up and to the point. They told me what I had to do to get on the field. That’s why I respected Arkansas. It’s a great opportunity to make a name for myself and this school.”
The packed auditorium had all eyes on Ramsey, quarterback Lee “Bud” Martin and wide receiver Dennis Turner. Turner, a former Miami commit, and Martin sported alternating FIU hats and matching smiles, contrasting a focused Ramsey.
The Panther pitted duo had talked about playing at the same school for years until it came to fruition.
“We had been talking since we met each other,” Martin said. “We wanted to go to college together. It was kind of waiting to see what he wanted to do and we talked about it and it worked out.”
But while Martin wanted to stay close to home, Ramsey had other ideas.
“I have to become a man on my own,” Ramsey said. “That’s why I chose to go away from home. It’s a blessing to be able to play football at the next level. It’s a great opportunity to help put them on the map and help these guys go to college.”
Davis, who took the Panthers to their first district championship in six years, said each three student athletes have great character and have the grades to match.
“They (Miami) called me quite a few times, but (Ramsey) felt he needed to leave home for a little while,” Davis said. “He loves UM, but I think it was more of him wanting to leave home. He wanted to grow up and get away because he had been in South Florida for so long.”