- Greg Ostendorf, SEC reporter
When you have over 25 scholarship offers, a new one may not seem like that big of a deal.
But when the national champions call and offer, that is sure to grab any recruit’s attention.
Such was the case when the University of Alabama called and offered Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy athlete Jalen Ramsey last week.
“I’m excited,” Ramsey said. “It’s still a blessing. People ask me all the time, 'Does it ever get old? Does my reaction ever go down?' Really, it’s all the same; just the excitement.
“Not many people get that opportunity, especially not the opportunity to talk to coach [Nick] Saban and him letting me know I have an offer to have the opportunity to come play under him at Alabama.”
Ramsey said he first spoke with his main recruiter, UA assistant coach Lance Thompson, and then it was Saban who got on the line to offer the scholarship. The Crimson Tide head coach made quite the impression on the 2013 prospect.
“It was good talking to him,” Ramsey said. “He was saying how he wants me to come down and how he’s seen my tape and everything. He’s really impressed with me. He’s impressed with my size. Now he just wants me to come down for a visit.”
Ramsey had planned to visit Tuscaloosa on Tuesday but didn’t make it because the coaching staff was out of town. He’s looking to reschedule his trip for later in the month.
Alabama likes the 6-foot, 185-prospect as a cornerback, and that’s where he wants to play. The chance to play for Saban, who is considered one of the best defensive back coaches in the country, is very appealing.
“Their head coach is also the defensive back coach, which is great,” Ramsey said. “He’s defensive-minded. If you feel like defense wins game and your coach has that same mentality, then you will probably get along.”
The Tide offer was No. 28 for Ramsey, who says he’s hearing the most from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, USC, USF, Vanderbilt and Washington.
Ramsey said everything is still wide open at this point, but added that he plans to make his first cut sometime this summer, and there’s a strong possibility that Alabama makes that cut.
When you have over 25 scholarship offers, a new one may not seem like that big of a deal.But when the national champions call and offer, that is sure to grab any recruit’s attention.