Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teammates from Start; Camden Trio Shared, Achieved Same Goals

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teammates from Start; Camden Trio Shared, Achieved Same Goals

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Byline: Justin Barney

Jeff Herron could tell that there was something special about this group.

The running back was so fast that no one could catch him. The quarterback was well ahead of the curve as a fifth-grader. And that linebacker who didn't look much a linebacker back then still had something that stood out.

Brice Ramsey, J.J. Green and Jarrad Davis traveled the path together. Close friends since elementary school, teammates in middle school and dominant athletes at the highest level in high school, the trio grew up wanting the same thing - to play for Camden County, win a few football games and go on to play in college.

While the three thought big all along, doing it was something else.

Along with teammate J.P. Vonashek, an offensive lineman who transferred in from Glynn Academy, the foursome gives the Times-Union's annual Super 24 team a heavy dose of Kingsland, Ga., and more representation on the team than any other school. Fitting, said Herron, who, despite a boatload of awards, honors and college players, has never produced a class quite like this one. Four prospects headed to Football Bowl Subdivision programs - Green and Ramsey to Georgia, Davis to Florida and Vonashek to South Carolina - even for the likes of Camden, is unheard of for one of the most storied programs in the state.

"I've been here 13 years and the most we've ever had is two SEC-ACC-type kids," Herron said. "To have four is unusually high for us. We have a lot of good college prospect football players, but usually it's a little bit lower level."

At Camden, tradition is everything, and for the trio of Davis, Green and Ramsey it was no different.

They took the typical pipeline to playing for the Wildcats - sitting in the stands as kids, playing for Camden Middle and then ascending to the varsity program.

"Everybody wants to play for Camden when they're little," Green said. "I went to a lot of games. I didn't pay much attention to the game; it felt good just being there."

Added Ramsey: "A lot of time [around the program when he was younger]. We traveled to the '03 state championship game. …

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