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Five Star Offensive Tackle Tate Ratledge Talks About Commitment to Georgia and High School Career

On Rivals, Georgia has the fifth best 2020 recruiting class in college football.

Five star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge is apart of that class. Ratledge chose Georgia over Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, and others.

“It means a lot knowing that people in the community looking up to me especially the kids and getting a lot of “go dawgs” out in public,” Ratledge said when asked about what it meant to be a role model in the area.

Ratledge tries to look up to people who are significant both on and off the field.

“I always looked up to JJ Watt because he is a great player but also a great person off the field and someone I strive to be like,” Ratledge said.

Ratledge is ranked 13th nationally and 2nd in his position on Rivals.

The 6’6.5, 311-pound lineman attends Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. While at Darlington, Ratledge has developed extremely.

“My coaches and teammates all push me to be my best and never let up and without any of them I wouldn’t be in the position that I am,” Ratledge said. “My coaches support through the whole recruitment process has been the biggest help.”

Entering his senior season, Ratledge has high expectations for his team.

“My expectations just like the rest of my teams expectations is high,” Ratledge said. “We feel we are the best team in the region and can make a run for state. I think this will be one of the best darlington teams people have seen.”

Ratledge was also named to the All-American Bowl. Ratledge will play in the game as apart of the East Team.. The All-American is in San Antonio, Texas and will take place on January 4th, 2020.

“It is a great honor being recognized as one of the top players in my class,” Ratledge said. “Knowing that all of the hard work and dedication has paid off.”

Before committing to Georgia, Ratledge had set his final two schools as Georgia and Tennessee. Although he chose Georgia, they were not always his dream school.

“No it has not actually,” Ratledge said when asked if Georgia had always been a dream school of his. “Tennessee was always my dream school growing up and that is where I always wanted to play. But when the recruiting process started I knew I couldn’t pick a school because that was who I was a fan of when I was growing up”

Georgia made Ratledge feel comfortable and the coaches played a huge part in that.

“The people at Georgia are what sets them apart,” Ratledge said. “The relationships I have with coaches are better than anywhere. I love Athens in general and feel like that is where I would be the most happy.”

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