Sep 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cornerback Louis Young (8) and running back Dennis Andrews (3) celebrate with fans in the stands after beating the North Carolina Tar Heels at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech Football: Update on Georgia Tech Recruit Jaylend Ratliffe

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Georgia Tech recruit Jaylend Ratliffe continues to improve after injuries sustained from an ATV accident a few weeks ago.

At one point during his recovery process Ratliffe was not able to swallow and was being fed through a feeding tube which caused him to lose a lot of weight.

However, on August 23rd it was reported through insurancenewsnet.com that he has been cleared to drink fluids and eat jello.

According to Ratliffe’s football coach, Richard Bailey, the youngster has made progress but there is still a lot more work that needs to be done.

In an article by Michael Carvill for ajc.com, Coach Bailey talked about Ratliffe’s recovery and the work that’s still to come:

“He’s actually progressing pretty well, and he’s up walking and going through some rehab now. His cognitive skills are really good. He’s talking and stuff like that. All of that has been really positive.His left arm is starting to move now. They were able do some movements with his left arm, so that’s starting to come back.

-Coach Richard Bailey

Jaylend Ratliffe had a pretty recognizable visitor in the last week which should have lifted his spirits. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton paid him a visit.

Newton, who is Jaylend’s favorite NFL Player,  took pictures with Ratliffe and brought him some Panthers gear and trinkets.

Coach Bailey voiced his appreciation about Cam Newton’s visit as well to ajc.com:

“Whomever made that happen, I’m happy because Cam Newton is one of his favorite players. Jaylend was pleased to see him. That was nice. It really seemed to bolster his spirits.”

-Coach Richard Bailey

Georgia Tech has already made it clear that they are going to honor Ratliffe’s scholarship whether he plays football again or not.

Right now the main concern is getting health back in order. Ratliffe still has half of his skull removed in order to relieve pressure and swelling that took place on his brain. He wears a helmet to protect that side of his head as he walks around the hospital and goes through rehab.

He will have to undergo another surgery in order to reattach the other half of his skull. Doctors say that his skull will heal and actually be stronger than it was before.

Though Ratliffe wants to get back on the field, the reality is that with these types of head injuries there is no telling if there is going to be residual effects from the head trauma.

The blessing in this is that he is still here and has the prospect of living a normal life.

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