"I liked everything about Texas Tech," Ratliff said, "The facilities, the coaches, everything down there. They were the first team to offer and I guess that meant they wanted me pretty bad and stuff."
No one else had offered the Oklahoma DE, so Tech became an instant favorite.
When the senior-to-be decided to phone in his verbal, he called it in to linebacker coach Johnny Barr.
"I told him I wanted to go ahead and commit and he said, 'Okay, that's good news'," Ratliff informed.
The Lawton Eisenhower prep clocked a forty time in the 5.0-range at Tech's camp while clocking a 4.8 at the Oklahoma State camp, so he can move pretty well considering the monster frame he has. When he gets his feet underneath him, kid could be a major weapon.
In addition to football, Ratliff was a center on last year's high school basketball team, pitcher/1st-baseman on the baseball team and does a little bit of team roping.
"Last Tuesady night, my partner and I won a buckle and some money after taking first in the team roping contest," Ratliff said. "We timed out around a 7-somethin', which wasn't fast, but fast enough to win that night."
Tech alumni/fans are hoping Ratliff can tie up opposing Big 12 QB's over the next 4-5 years. We'll have a bit more from him later...