LAURINBURG — Scotland High quarterback and Georgia Tech verbal commit Jaylend Ratliffe was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital following a Wednesday afternoon ATV accident, according to sources close to the incident, where he remains in critical condition.
Ratliffe and teammate Dakota Holland were riding through a wooded area when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn. The accident left Ratliffe and Holland with injuries, but both were conscious and alert at the scene.
According to source information, it is unclear who was driving the vehicle.
Ratliffe, a rising senior, was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The source said it is believed Ratliffe may have suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding around the brain.
Scotland football coach Richard Bailey accompanied Ratliffe to the hospital.
Ratliffe was selected as the Southeastern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year last season in helping Scotland to the 4A state finals, where it lost to Dudley 24-7. Ratliffe finished with 2,074 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns. Ratliffe threw for 1,838 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Ratliffe was named as the SEC’s co-Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. He split the honor with former Hoke County running back Detrez Newsome.
Holland was treated and released from Scotland Memorial with a leg injury as well as cuts and bruises.
Sports editor Shawn Stinson contributed to this report