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Ramsey keeps Farragut High-UT baseball connection alive

The Tennessee Volunteer-Farragut High School baseball connection lives on with the Admiral Class of 2008.Matt “Hammer” Ramsey, standout senior pitcher-center fielder, signed National Letter of Intent papers with UT during a brief ceremony in the FHS Commons Thursday, Nov. 15.

“It’s my hometown, I’ve lived here all my life, and I’ve always been a U-T fan,” Ramsey said, adding that UT junior third baseman Cody Brown, a former standout Admiral, helped influence his decision. “I played with Cody my freshman year here, and he had a big impact on me because he was a senior and I was a freshman. I really liked playing with him, and keep doing that.

“He said he liked the new coaches [head coach Todd Raleigh and staff] and they’re hard-nosed coaches, and that’s what I’m looking for in a coach.”

Ramsey added about Raleigh, “I think he’s a great guy and I think he’s going to get me to the level where I need to be.”

As for his position with the Vols, “I’m going to pitch, catch some and play outfield.”

At the plate and on the mound, Ramsey was an important part of Farragut’s improbable run to the 2006 Class AAA state championship.

FHS varsity baseball head coach Tommy Pharr said, “He’s an extremely talented young man,” adding that by signing as a multi-position player, “That shows what kind of athlete he is.

“I think the biggest thing, obviously, is going to be pitching,” Pharr added. “Throws the ball hard, I think this summer it was 92, 93 [mph]. Has a good breaking ball, very competitive on the mound. He’s also an extremely good outfielder. … He’s probably one the better guys we’ve had since I’ve been here [1997], and that’s saying something, we’ve had some good ones.”


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