LAURINBURG — Javon Ratliffe is a 6-foot 2-inch junior at Scotland High School. He is also one of the starting inside linebackers, wearing No. 2, for the Fighting Scots this season and has been named the first Defensive Player of the Preseason.
Each Friday, the Exchange will feature one offensive and one defensive player from the Fighting Scots, chosen by the coaches, to be the Players of the Week. Since the season doesn’t officially start until 7 p.m. tonight, coach Richard Bailey selected two players he felt either surprised the coaches this off season or stood out as the hardest worker.
Javon stepped up over the summer and has become the leader of the Fighting Scots defense.
“He’s always had a lot of great athletic ability, but we weren’t always sure he was completely in the boat,” said Bailey. “He has just been tremendous with his leadership, worth ethic, commitment, being vocal with his teammates and calling the defenses — things we weren’t sure he was willing to do. He has become that player I always knew he could be, I’m not so sure he did or was willing to work hard enough to get there but he has and it will end up getting him those college scholarship offers.”
The 210-pound junior hopes he can continue his football career at Duke University when he graduates. He plans on majoring in nursing.
Something people might not know about Javon is that he likes to eat chicken flavored Ramen noodles with Kraft singles on top.
When asked what he is most looking forward to in the 2016 season he said he wants to get the Fighting Scots a 4A State Championship.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3171.