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'05 Georgia QB Tray Rutland (Mississippi State signee)


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Ht: 6-2 Wt: 180 40: 4.6
Position: QB
Projected as: QB
Position Rank: NR
Class: 2005 Senior
High School: Tri-Cities HS
(East Point, GA)

Rutland lists an offer from Ohio State so I thought he deserved a thread. He has mentioned that he doesn't want to play in cold weather so I don't really like our chances. He's a lefty with great speed and athleticism so obvious comparisons are made to Michael Vick. Insiders has video but I can't seem to open it yet. Georgia Tech and Georgia are his leaders.

'I'm trying to have fun and be the best that I can be'

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/30/04

Tray Rutland is the starting quarterback at Tri-Cities High. After transferring to the East Point school last year from Southwest DeKalb, he took over the starting role after the second game. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior has received scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Ohio State, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Tennessee, Clemson, Alabama and North Carolina. Rutland talked with staff writer Derrick Mahone recently about fitting in at Tri-Cities, recruiting and participating in passing leagues.

Q: How comfortable are you now with the system at Tri-Cities?


A: I'm very comfortable. Last year, it was a little slow because I was worried about the guy in front of me. I wasn't really comfortable last year because I was trying to beat the guy out in front of me. The reads in our system are so easy.

Q: How different is the system at Southwest DeKalb from the one at Tri-Cities?

A: Southwest was 80 percent running and 20 percent passing. Tri-Cities is a big step up. This is what I have to get used to for college in passing the rock.

Q: With the graduation of Kristan Davis (now at Auburn) and RaMarcus Brown (now at Georgia), how much pressure does that put on you coming into the season?

A: They were some big guys for us, but there is no added pressure. We have athletes coming to this school every year. It is a matter of who will step up. It will come down to who wants to play the most.

Q: How would you evaluate the way you have played so far this summer?

A: I am almost at the top of my game. This is my senior year of high school, and I'm basically trying to show out. I'm trying to have fun and be the best that I can be. I want to end my career on a good note.

Q: Do you find these passing leagues and camps to be beneficial?

A: Nothing in football is a waste of time. Everything is geared toward getting you better. Football is a sport that prepares you for life.

Q: How is recruiting going with you?

A: Everybody is coming at me real hard. I am just trying to lay low until the time comes for me to make my decision. Hopefully by October I will evaluate where I want to go.

Q: What kind of advantage do you think you have by being a left-handed quarterback?

A: I have been a passer since the eighth grade. Being a lefty is real special. I think God made me that way for a reason. A lot of people compare me to Michael Vick, but I don't want to be Michael Vick. He is the man, and everybody loves Michael Vick. I don't too much want to be compared to Michael Vick because my name is Tray Rutland. I see myself as being like him, but not him.
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from Lemming's free usaprep.com update

Tray Rutland (* * *)

6’2 180


East Point (Tri-Cities)

It is a down year for QB’s in Georgia, but Rutland is probably the best of what there is. Threw for over 700 yards and rushed over 900 yards last season. A very athletic quarterback with the ability to make big plays. Also has a decent arm. Likes Georgia and Georgia Tech.
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"They haven't been known for black QB's but I could go in there and change that."

Too bad he is too young to remember Corney Greene. He was one of the very first black starting QBs in major college football. Stanley Jackson also started a ton of games for us in mid-90s.
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FWIW, SW Dekalb, the school from which he transferred, is one of the historically strong schools in GA; probably the strongest majority black school. Tri-Cities may be decent this year, but is not a particularly strong program. It's far more well-known for producing OutKast members than football players. I can't imagine anyone from Tri-Cities being good enough to play at OSU, especially at QB.
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Lemming on Rutland

After a couple of trips through the state, I can't say that I found any future All-Americans at the quarterback position, but Tray Rutland from East Point Tri-Cities is one player worth keeping an eye on. The elusive 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is called the ultimate playmaker by opposing coaches very fast elusive. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Tennessee are on his list.
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School, class: Tri-Cities, senior

Position: Quarterback

Vital statistics: 6-3, 185

Just the facts: Completed 60 of 77 passes for 727 yards and eight touchdowns after transferring from Southwest DeKalb. Rushed for 261 yards and five touchdowns. Benches 250 pounds and runs a 4.50 in the 40. GPA is 2.9; scored 820 on the SAT.

Colleges: Top choices are Ohio State, Clemson, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Kentucky and Auburn.

Interests: Playing baseball, basketball, fishing and attending football camps.
T-shirts or throwback jerseys: White T. You can get five for $20. It is fashionable now.

General comment on the season: "Everything has been going great. We are starting to click."
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