ATHENS - Last summer Brice Ramsey, then a rising high school senior, attended the Elite 11 quarterback camp in California. His camp counselor, clearly by pure coincidence, was a guy named Aaron Murray.
Ramsey was already committed to play for Georgia. Murray was set to begin his third season as Georgia's starter. So the two did some very early advance work.
"When I was out there he was teaching me plays," Ramsey said. "(It) was out of that Elite 11 book, (and) the playbook that they run here."
Ramsey and Murray have known each other awhile, and have bonded over similar experiences: Both are quarterbacks. Both attended Elite 11 camps. Both enrolled early at Georgia. And of course Georgia wouldn't mind Ramsey having a similar career track.
Ramsey's career at Georgia will begin on March 2, when spring practice begins. He will join what is now a crowded quarterback group, thanks to Murray's decision to return for his senior year, and the return of three scholarship quarterbacks - Hutson Mason, Christian LeMay and Faton Bauta - who don't have redshirt years to burn.
The expectation is Ramsey will redshirt.
"You obviously want to come in and compete. But I don't really want to hit the field until I'm 100 percent in my craft," Ramsey said. "That's gonna be tough coming in: You gotta learn the playbook, get bigger, and do everything you need to in your preparation."
Ramsey is a pocket passer out of the mold of Murray, but at 6-foot-3 he's a bit taller. At Camden County High School, Ramsey showed an ability to be careful and effective as a passer: 1,396 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
His high school teammate, J.J. Green, is also part of the class. Green, classified as an athlete on the signing roster, could play defensive back, receiver or even tailback. According to Ramsey, the plan all along was for the two to play together in college.
"We said that from day one. Now we ended up doing it," Ramsey said.
For a time, it wasn't certain that Ramsey and his old camp counselor would be college teammates. But Murray decided to return for his final year, thus giving the Bulldogs a sure starter, a sure No. 2 in Mason, and a cluttered backup situation.
"I look at it as a positive, because I can get here, learn from him. Prepare even more," Ramsey said. "I can have a year to mature, get my body as big as I want to get it to. Just preparation-wise I can have a whole other year and learn from a guy that's been doing it for awhile."