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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Jalen Ramsey

By Corey Dowlar

With national signing day now beyond us, NoleNation takes a look at the next crop of Seminoles.

Vitals: Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy), 6-foot, 190 pounds

Committed: Feb. 6, 2013

ESPN.com grade: 89, four-star prospect

ESPN.com rankings: No. 4 cornerback in the nation, No. 10 prospect in Southeast region, No. 1 prospect in Tennessee, No. 14 player in the ESPN 150

Picked Florida State over: Florida and Southern Cal

Jalen Ramsey
Four-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was committed to USC but flipped to Florida State.
State of the position: Florida State's secondary returns in 2013 largely intact except for one huge part: Xavier Rhodes. The long, rangy corner declared for the draft as a redshirt junior, leaving his spot up for grabs. Ronald Darby and Nick Waisome, though, are both back with a full year of experience under their belts. Redshirt freshman Colin Blake will be ready to play along with Keelin Smith and Lamarcus Brutus. Terrence Brooks, a safety, is also capable of helping out at cornerback. Either way, Florida State needed a shutdown corner in this class, and they got one.

ESPN.com scouting report: Ramsey is an impressive athlete and overall player and he could get recruited at multiple positions. Has a very good blend of size, speed and leaping skills out on the perimeter at corner and it's likely the spot he will be recruited to play at the next level. A tall and sleek, fluid athlete with good length and range. Looks slighter on film than listed weight but is muscular. Plays faster than his listed testing times but appears quicker than fast. Really light and agile on his feet. Can mirror, break down and stay balanced as a space defender. Closes separation quickly with fluid transitional skills and burst out of breaks. Very good recovery and makeup speed aided by his length. Can open his hips and turn to run, but tends to rise in transition wasting movement. Best asset in coverage is his ability to compete for the jump-ball in one-on-one coverage. Needs to become more consistent as a wrap-up tackler. In coverage, we would like to see him play lower in transition, clean up footwork and polish overall man technique, particularly in press, where he has the arm length to develop. Still, Ramsey is a dynamic, smooth athlete with the length and athleticism to match up with today's bigger college receivers.

Expected impact: Waisome and Darby will clearly have a leg up at the cornerback spots, having been in the system and taking part in games last season. Blake, Brutus and Smith have been there, but lack significant experience. Ramsey's skill and athleticism will give him a chance. It is doubtful that he will take a redshirt and will likely contribute on special teams units and rotate into the secondary. Also a track athlete, Ramsey could get a look at the return teams, but that is a crowded depth chart already.