A real breakout senior this year has been Ja’Orcie Ransom, a defensive back out of Harlem. The 2020 prospect sports a 5’10” frame and has shown outstanding athleticism during the 2019 season with several highlight interceptions that is sure to grab recruiters’ attention.
Last weekend, Ransom made another highlight play, and it earned the #2 spot in our weekly top play vote on the site. Right at the snap the Josey quarterback rolled out right, and quickly zoned in on the receiver; the only problem, Ransom was guarding him. The quarterback lofted the pass downfield. Ransom did an excellent job of squaring up on the ball, then leaped up while simultaneously leaning back, stretching himself out to almost a 45-degree angle to make a play on the football. He held concentration, and only had a slight bobble after landing on the ground before he ultimately secured the pigskin in his hands.
The play happened quickly, in fact, so has this season. The 2020 athlete did a quick recap on how everything has played out.
“My season has been going very well. I have 42 total tackles, 6 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, two blocked extra points, one blocked punt and a fumble recovery for a touchdown,” Ransom said.
That’s not counting the multiple returns on special teams where he gets huge chunks of yardage flipping the field or the impact that he tackles with either. For a defender with a lighter frame, Ransom can really pop the pads and strikes well thru the midsection.
You can tell that the senior has worked hard over the last year, and has gone from just a good open field tackler to also an excellent cover corner now. Ransom divulged on his improvements, “the thing I improved on most was my IQ at defensive back. I feel like I’m faster making decisions and just a lot quicker.”
College are starting to take notice too. “I’ve been hearing from lots of colleges but I have no offers yet, but I’ve been on multiple visits.”
Ransom plays with a swagger, and to be truthful, his top play from this season probably did not occur last Friday, but earlier this year against Laney where he basically mossed the receiver from behind, literally plucking the football right above the receiver’s helmet. Ball skills in combination to a SPARQ verified 38″ vertical is something every defensive coordinator is looking for, making him a tangible difference-maker that can win jump balls.
Ransom molds his game around two cornerbacks, one from yesteryear while the other is an active player. “I model my game after the GOAT Dion Sanders and also Jalen Ramsey.”
Harlem is playing well this season with all six wins coming during region play, and currently sits in 2nd place for Region 4 in 2-A. Their stout defense is rated the 2nd best in their region, and led by seniors like Ransom. The squad will get the next week off and will finish off the regular season against Westside-August.
To put succinctly, they are a lock for the playoffs, but still, the senior season is winding down for Ransom, so we asked him to look back to what he enjoyed from his high school football experience.
“My favorite part on Friday night is Harlem high’s student section, they always show up, and give us energy!”
Harlem has continued to be one of the tougher teams in 2-A the last few years, and their defense will definitely be tested come the playoffs, so stay tuned to @RecruitGeorgia to see more highlights and recruiting news about Ransom and the rest of the athletes across the state. Interested in recruiting Ransom? Click HERE to visit his RG profile.