Ramirez heading to California for football


Havelock's Andrew Ramirez returns an interception against Jacksonville last season. Ramirez will be a preferred walk-on at Azusa Pacific University in California.

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Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 02:26 PM.

Very few players in the Havelock football dynasty have been as important in coach Jim Bob Bryant’s eyes as linebacker Andrew Ramirez.

“He was a three-year starter for us and a really good football player with a great work ethic,” he said. “I think he has Division-I talent, but his size hurts him a bit in the eyes of D-I schools. He’s fast, quick, reads blocks and makes tackles. He’s a heck of a football player.”

The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder led the Rams in tackles in his junior and senior years, both of which ended in 3A state championships. He posted 99 tackles as a junior and 161 last fall as a senior.

His success on the field has earned him a shot at continuing to play football in California for Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.The school is roughly 30 minutes from Los Angeles where Ramirez has family.

“I’ve always wanted to get back out to California for college,” he said. “At the beginning of last season, my dad and I started contacting coaches at different schools out there. (Azusa’s) coach got back to me and we kept in touch throughout the season. At the end, he said he thought I would be a good fit for the program, offered me a chance to be a preferred walk-on and I took it.”

Players who are preferred walk-ons have a more legitimate shot at eventually earning an athletic scholarship, as opposed to a regular walk-on, who normally tries out and makes the team. Preferred walk-ons such as Ramirez are more often recruited to be on the roster.

Ramirez chose Azusa over an offer to play at Brevard College in the western part of the state.

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