- Blair Angulo, Reporter, WeAreSC.com
With a big decision looming Monday, four-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey of Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy opted to remain close-lipped over the weekend, hoping complete silence would allow him to focus on his college options.
The fast-rising Ramsey, who last week climbed up 72 spots to No. 57 in the ESPN 150 player rankings, is scheduled to commit at 1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT on Monday in his hometown of Smyrna, Tenn. He has seven finalists: Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, USC and Washington.
Ramsey, the nation's seventh-ranked cornerback who raised eyebrows at The Opening, was still wide open heading into the weekend. He had taken two trips to USC recently, including a visit to compete in the Rising Stars Camp.
A pledge from the 6-foot, 190-pound Ramsey would give the Trojans their 15th commitment overall and second cornerback, joining four-star Chris Hawkins of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.). It would leave only three available spots in the 2013 recruiting class, two of which would seemingly go to defensive backs.