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National Signing Day 2014: Terry Ramsey Signs On With Louisville Football

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Clayton Northmont High School (OH) defensive end Terry Ramsey will play his college football at Louisville

The a 6-foot-5, 230-pound player is rated as the No. 39 player in the state of Ohio by Ramsey committed to Louisville over the likes of Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Purdue and Kentucky after visiting U of L last July.

Ramsey also has one of the most interesting, and inspiring, backstories of any player in the 2014 class. He was profiled by ESPN last summer.

Larry didn't have a relationship with his parents, either. His mother had him at 15. He hardly knew his father, who died when Larry was in high school. He lived with his grandparents as his mother struggled with drug addiction for more than 20 years. He talks with his mother weekly but struggles to form a bond as emotions are still raw more than 30 years later.

"I wanted my mom and my family -- my grandparents did a wonderful job -- but as a kid you still don't want to see that, your mom high in the streets," Larry said. "When it came to Terry, there's a greater reward in helping someone else's life."

They finally got the chance when Terry entered high school.

It was his freshman year and Christmas was approaching. Still mired in the foster care system, his former case worker came to pick him up from school to go eat.

Christa was letting him know the family was adopting him and it would become official in January.

"My Christmas present was she got to adopt me," Terry said. "That's what it felt like.

"Now my life is pretty good. I love them like I would love my actual parents."

Happy to have you as part of the U of L family, Terry.