Ramsey’s commitment is another important step into Cincinnati for IU #iufb

Beyond the fact that he’s a quarterback, beyond the fact that he is Indiana’s first recruit in the 2016 class, Peyton Ramsey’s commitment this week represents a greater significance to the big picture success of IU’s football program.

Ramsey, who gave a verbal commitment to IU on Tuesday, is the latest prospect to come from the fertile football area of Cincinnati, where the Hoosiers are aiming to establish a long-lasting pipeline.

Linebackers Tegray Scales and Marcus Oliver, defensive linemen Mike Barwick, Patrick Dougherty and Nick Carovillano and offensive lineman Wes Martin are among the recent additions IU coach Kevin Wilson has brought from the Cincinnati area to Bloomington.

Ramsey’s father, Doug, sees it as a positive step in Indiana’s recruiting evolution and, as Peyton’s coach at Elder High School, he’d like to see that recruiting success in southwest Ohio continue.

“They’re in on some good players,” Doug Ramsey said. “I think the thing is, being in Ohio and having the Big Ten and then the SEC, there are so many different directions that kids are pulled. I think Indiana is one of those places where, if you can just get a kid to come over there and look around and see what it’s like, you have a chance. I think that’s starting to happen a little bit. Hopefully, it’s a thing where we can get some more guys to go over. Maybe I can be a semi-recruiter, myself, and try to get some kids to go that way, too.”

Having Ramsey on IU’s side is a big deal. Elder is one of the premiere programs in Cincinnati’s Greater Catholic League, where Ramsey’s teams won Division I state titles in 2002 and 2003 and routinely face off with programs like La Salle, Moeller and St. Xavier. In 18 seasons at Elder, Ramsey owns a .701 winning percentage.

His son, Peyton, is making the most of his opportunities against some of Ohio’s top competition. As a junior last fall, the 6-foot-3 quarterback threw for 2,062 yards and 13 touchdowns, while running for 908 yards and 12 scores in the GCL.

“Playing teams like that, you’re playing against defensive backs that can cover, so windows are really small,” Ramsey said. “You learn real quick that you better be able to throw the ball on time and be pretty accurate, or you’re going to have a tough time completing passes.”

While scouting services brand Peyton as a pro-style passer, Ramsey says his son is more of a dual threat quarterback who has the capability to extend plays and get out of trouble. Peyton’s arm strength is decent, his father said, and there’s an expectation that he’ll add nearly 20 more pounds and get to around 215 pounds once he becomes immersed in a college weight room.

“Probably the best thing about his arm is two things: he’s got a quick release and he’s really accurate,” Ramsey said. “He was at 63 percent last year and our goal is going to be completing over 70 percent of our passes this year. He’s really accurate.”

Indiana got heavily involved with Peyton in early January, when offensive coordinator Kevin Johns visited Elder to watch him in a basketball game against Moeller. Peyton visited IU on a few occasions, and attended a junior day in Bloomington in early February. He chose Indiana over finalists Wake Forest and Boston College.

Peyton’s relationship with Johns was a major factor in the decision to choose IU, as was the Kelley School of Business, where he hopes to earn a degree.

On the field, 247 Sports considers Peyton a three-star prospect, while Rivals rates him with two stars. Peyton is currently on a school retreat and is unable to make phone calls.

When he arrives at IU in 2016, he’ll be in the mix with Zander Diamont, Danny Cameron and 2015 signee Austin King.

“He’s a hard-working kid,” Ramsey said. “He’s really intelligent and a good leader. I think more than anything, he really loves to play. I think all of those things combined with some of his athletic ability, you always knew he had a chance to be pretty successful.”