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Lovejoy senior wide receiver JuMichael Ramos committed to N.C. State over the weekend after being a longtime Georgia Tech commitment.
HAMPTON — Lovejoy wide receiver JuMichael Ramos flipped his commitment from Georgia Tech to North Carolina State on Sunday evening.
Ramos, who had committed to the Yellow Jackets back on November 9, 2012, took a visit to N.C. State over the weekend, and, according to Lovejoy coach Al Hughes, Ramos saw enough to prompt a change of heart.
“He just felt a little more comfortable with that situation (at N.C. State),” Hughes said. “He feels like he’s a better fit with that look of offense.”
The 6-foot-4 Ramos had a breakout season by amassing a team-leading 933 receiving yards and six touchdown grabs for the Wildcats who won their third straight region championship and played in its second straight state championship game last season. Lovejoy lost the Class AAAAAA title game 21-14 to Norcross on December 15.
N.C. State recently hired Dave Doeren as its new head coach. Doeren had a successful two seasons as Northern Illinois’ coach, including a 23-4 record and the school’s first ever BCS Bowl berth.
Hughes said that while he doesn’t encourage his student-athletes to flip from commitments, he also said he never tries to tell them where to go.
He said he encourages them to make their college choices based on non-football related factors just as much as the quality of the product on the field.
“The things I mostly stress with them is that they go to a school, not because of the coach and the scheme,” Hughes said. “They need to try and know a little bit about the people that are going to be with them. You need to make decisions based on if you weren’t playing. You never know what lies ahead.”
Based on Ramos’ success at Lovejoy, however, Hughes fully expects to see nothing but good things happen to his former receiver.
“The time we had together, he’s made a definite impact on Lovejoy Wildcat football,” Hughes said. “But he’s moving on and we’re looking forward to seeing him exceed and excel.”