Brookstone boys soccer coach Billy Byrd was recently walking out of the school on his way home when he noticed someone working on the soccer field.
When he went to get a closer look, he discovered it was junior forward Martin Ramos.
"I walk out there to see who it is, and Martin is working with the smallest kid in eighth grade, working to get him ready for middle school tryouts," Byrd said. "This kid was nervous, and Martin spent several weeks in a row helping this kid, and that's what he's meant to individual players. He's a guy that's invested in the entire community."
That was an anecdote Byrd told everyone gathered at Brookstone on Wednesday to see Ramos sign a letter of intent with the University of South Carolina.
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Ramos scored 26 goals and had 10 assists for Brookstone last season, and soon he will be playing at the next level for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina is a member of Conference USA in men's soccer along with Kentucky, another member of the Southeastern Conference in other sports.
"I talked to my coaches and my dad," Ramos said, "and they wanted me to go to South Carolina to see how it would be. One of my former teammates played there and was a senior at the time, so they wanted to see if I would like it up there. I went, and it was great. I played very well for the coaches, and I went for a second official visit and saw South Carolina play Kentucky, which was my first SEC game. The campus was great, and everyone on the team was very friendly. It was perfect."
Ramos, who has been playing soccer competitively since the age of five, has decided to major in engineering at South Carolina.
"I'm very good at mathematics," he said. "I'm good at calculus -- it was one of my strong subjects. I also like physics."
His immediate goal for the playing field is to try and become a starter as a freshman. His "main goal" is to play soccer professionally in either Major League Soccer (MLS) or in Spain for Real Madrid.