May 11, 2011

Baylor in Top 5

The game of "if" can have so many connotations attached to it. But "if" and recruiting blend together very well. When a prospect says that word in connection to a certain program, it will catch people's attention.

Denton Guyer linebacker Dominic Ramacher has seen his popularity grow within the last couple of weeks. New offers have flowed in including one from BCS runner up Oregon.

If he had to pin down the top five of schools recruiting him, he said they would be Baylor, Oregon, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Those are in no particular oder.

Now, the latter three have yet to him but all signs point toward that direction. Ramacher said he has spoken with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State coaches quite a bit and visited with A&M assistant Dat Nguyen on Tuesday. Ramacher said Ngyen told him he was one of three candidates the Aggies were evaluating before an offer would be extended.

"If I had to rank them, tha's the five I would say right now,'' Ramacher said. "But for Baylor, it's Big 12 and it's close to home, which I like. If they want me at linebacker, I'm interested in linebacker. I'm not sure how to explain it, but I really like learning this position.''

Listed as an athlete, Ramacher played on the offense as a tight end but was switched to middle linebacker this year. His size (6-4, 225) plus exceptional lateral movement made it too hard for head coach John Walsh not to consider him to be the key to the defense.

Most of the schools that are looking at him are considering him for linebacker. Others are considering him as an H back. But he said Louisiana Tech would consider him as a wide receiver.

Linebacker would appear to be his calling. Two weeks into spring workouts, he said he's been picking up the 4-3's keys pretty quickly and the middle linebacker responsibilities.

"I'm athletic, I love the challenge and I know football,'' Ramacher said. "I think the important thing is that I was willing to do it.''

Guyer completes is spring season on May 19. Once school is out, he said he will be traveling up to his former home in Minneapolis for two weeks to visit extended family. He plans on visiting the University of Minnesota, which has also offered him.

When he returns, he will try and schedule more visits including a return to Waco. Ramacher's last visit to Baylor was the April 2 controlled scrimmage.

"The Baylor coaches told me I don't have to come to any of their camps because they know what I can do,'' Ramacher said. "But I will try and get there once I have gone to the places I haven't visited.
"Right now, I'm handling it pretty good. A lot of kids are making their decisions because it's their dream schools or something like that. Really, I'm trying to find the best fit for me. It's going to get pretty crazy for the next couple of months, but I'm enjoying it.''

Remember him? had a short but productive visit with Stephenville safety Aiavion Edwards. Remember, he became the first 2012 commitment when he gave his on Jan. 30. He just finished the track and field season and is now focusing on spring football.

Edwards said his commitment to Baylor remains very solid, although he said TCU and Oklahoma have offered him. He said defensive coordinator Phil Bennett came by last week.

"I'm probably going to go to one of their camps this summer,'' Edwards said. "I really don't see myself changing.''

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