Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Noles land ESPN 150 CB Ramsey
By Dave Hooker
Jalen Ramsey wasn't concerned about USC. He simply fell for Florida State.
The long-time Trojans commitment donned a Florida State hat and signed with the Seminoles on national signing day during a ceremony at his school. There were no other hats on the table where Ramsey signed. There was no tomahawk chop. Ramsey quietly committed and signed and left behind the drama.
"My decision was solely on Florida State and how I felt about them," the four-star prospect said. "I'm just excited."
Ramsey originally committed to the Trojans over the summer, but openly considered other schools and took visits to Florida, Washington and Mississippi as well as USC and FSU.
USC would make a late push on Tuesday evening to try to sway Ramsey back but his mind was made up.
"I just felt so comfortable there at Florida State," the No. 14 prospect said. "The coaches there, I trust them. They're good Christian men. I'm Christian so I'm trying to stay in that. It's close to home so I can see my family more. I just want to get there and help them win a championship."
The 6-foot, 190-pound Ramsey told reporters he had to turn off his Twitter account and Facebook page because he was receiving so many negative messages from fans of other schools. When asked about the recruiting process, he said, "It's the toughest thing I've ever done in my life. I wouldn't recommend it for anybody. But it's a blessing. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It is very stressful."
What it means for Florida State: The Seminoles dipped into SEC territory and stole one of the top prospects in the nation from nearby Vanderbilt, rival Florida and of course USC. Certainly, that's something for the Seminoles to brag about. Moreover, Florida State gets a long, athletic, shutdown corner.
What it means for the teams that lost out: USC’s class eroded faster than a Los Angeles beach. Ramsey was a key loss. Cornerbacks like Ramsey are a premium in the pass-happy Pac-12.
Turning point: Others decommitments surely shook Ramsey's desire to be a Trojan. It seemed the hits kept coming in recruiting and on the field.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 4. While Ramsey did take official visits, he never seemed to back off of his commitment to USC. While his last-second flip isn't shocking; it is surprising.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 4. Ramsey should be an impact player early. He has the ability and size to press and cover downfield. With Xavier Rhodes gone from the FSU defense, Ramsey could come in and find time with rising sophomore star Ronald Darby.