Offensive tackle from Thompson (Alabama) Stanton Ramil is one of the best elite offensive tackles in the country. New York native Ramil has more than 30 Division 1 offers and is actively involved in the recruiting process. As he continues to work toward a commitment decision, Ramil shared an update with Sports Illustrated All-American, including his thoughts on Tennessee.
“They killed him at UCF. They brought him back last year and improved every possible stat in Tennessee,” Ramil said of the attractions of Josh Heupel’s program. “Same as Auburn, really. They’re going to rebuild Tennessee into a powerhouse SEC team, and I really believe that. I like the coaches there. I like Heupel, Coach Elarbee, as good as they are. they are, they are just as good family members.”
Elarbee led the recruiting charge for Ramil, who has remained high on his relationship with the Tennessee offensive line coach since early spring.
“He’s a player’s coach, one hundred percent,” Ramil said of Elarbee in a May interview with Volunteer Country. “He wants to see them develop, and he’ll be there for you on shitty days and making sure you become the best person and the best player.”
In June, the 6’7″, 315lbs All-American made his five official visits, including stops in Pitt, Michigan State, North Carolina, Tennessee and Penn State. Ramil has a public list of top schools that also includes Clemson , Auburn and Mississippi State, which, despite not receiving official visits, are still in contention for the coveted offensive tackle as it processes its In addition to his comments on Tennessee, here’s what Ramil had to say about the other contenders during the recent Sports Illustrated All-American interview.
Ramil has started June at Pitt, and he’s loving what he’s seen from Pat Narduzzi’s program so far.
“Coach Narduzzi is awesome,” Ramil said of what he loves about Pitt. “Coach Narduzzi and Coach Borbely, my relationship with them is so close. They are such genuine people. During my official visit, I was able to find a love for Pitt’s simple college vibe.”
Ramil followed the visit to Pitt with a trip to Chapel Hill to see Mack Brown’s program.
“Those coaches over there are awesome,” he said of North Carolina. “Coach Bicknell, Coach Brown and Coach Longo. Having Connor (Harrell) there to really give me a taste of the school really stuck with me. You get the best of both worlds with academics and football. I think that they can be a powerhouse in the ACC. They’ve had great recruiting classes over the last couple of years. It’s just up to the players to put it all together now.”
Ramil didn’t settle for long as he quickly made his way to Happy Valley for an official mid-week visit with James Franklin’s program.
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“I was extremely impressed with Penn State,” Ramil said of the Nittany Lions. “The relationship that I have built with Coach Traut in such a short time has impressed me so much. Obviously being in the North and close to home is a bonus. What really surprised me (during the official visit), this is the daily. daily workouts they do. How tough they are and how they set you up for the season to get you in better shape than anyone else. It was a really informative weekday visit. I learned a lot about daily life in Penn State.
Ramil’s fifth and final official visit provided another insight into Michigan State’s program and Mel Tucker.
“I had been to the Michigan State-Michigan game, and I just fell in love with the BIG 10 environment and that fanbase,” Ramil said of what stands out from Mel Tucker’s schedule. “I’ve had a relationship with these coaches since October, and it’s one of those places that I really loved and really wanted to come back to. It was everything I expected on my official .”
Although Ramil can only use official visits to five programs, he remains ahead of the remaining teams on the roster, including Mississippi State, Auburn and Clemson.
“What strikes me about Mississippi State is Coach Miller. What a good coach he is, what a good person he is and he is as a developer,” Ramil told about interest in Mike Leach’s program.
Auburn is the closest school now that Ramil is at Thompson, and he likes the potential he sees with the Tigers.
“Under Coach Harsin, I really think they’re going back to being the powerhouse they were,” Ramil said of what Auburn stands out. “I think it would be great to be part of it.”
Ramil is also very familiar with Dabo Swinney’s program and he likes what the perennial powerhouse has to offer.
“Obviously they haven’t had such a good year, but a bad year for them is 10-3. It shows they’re powerful,” he said of Clemson. “ACC school. Beautiful area. Amazing football and an amazing young coach looking to prove himself to rookies. It would be a great thing to come in and win a national championship there.”
Ramil has no set decision timeframe. It could go in August, or it could happen as early as this month. It will just depend on when he feels certain he has found his home.
I really want to find where I’m most comfortable,” Ramil said of it. “A place where I won’t have any regrets and where I know the coaches will be there for me and a place where I can just be happy.”