Jaylend Ratliffe, a dual-threat QB from North Carolina, became Georgia Tech's third commitment on Saturday evening after a great weekend visit with his family.
Scotland County (NC) 2015 QB Jaylend Ratliffe has verbally committed to #GaTech per his coach. @Kelly_Quinlan— Deana King (@NCPreps) March 30, 2014
Ratliffe is believed to be the headliner on Georgia Tech's recruiting board at QB. Per Eric Thompson of GTSwarm.com, Ratliffe had a huge junior year, going for 1,840 yards and 16 touchdowns passing, with another 2,075 yards and 36 touchdowns rushing. Listed at 6'2", 200 pounds, he commits to Georgia Tech over UNC and N.C. State. He was a first-team all-state selection per NCPREPS.com in 2013, and was listed as the region's Player of the Year in 2013 as well. He is Paul Johnson's second QB recruit from North Carolina, following the recently departed Vad Lee.
Assuming he ends up at Georgia Tech, perhaps the most interesting thing to watch will revolve around the fact that Ratliffe is a left-handed QB -- Paul Johnson's first at Georgia Tech. Being a left-hander could alter complexion of a lot of plays, in particular play action passes where right-handers usually have to awkwardly rotate 180 degrees after a three- or five-step drop. Could being a lefty help things on those passing plays? Time will tell.
He is rated as the #19 dual-threat QB in the nation and a 3-star prospect by Rivals (5.6). His film can be found on his Hudl page.