Monday, January 14, 2013
ESPN 150 CB Ramsey set for final visit
By Blair Angulo
Following a summertime commitment to USC, ESPN 150 cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) believed his recruitment would slow down considerably.
That certainly hasn’t been the case.
Ramsey, the No. 4-ranked corner, officially visited Florida State over the weekend, a trip that was planned following the hire of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt from Alabama. The top-ranked prospect in Tennessee previously visited Florida (Sept. 21), Mississippi State (Nov. 30) and Washington (Dec. 7), and has his fifth and final trip scheduled to USC for this upcoming weekend.
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Amid all the attention and recruiting stress, national signing day can’t arrive fast enough, Ramsey’s father, Lamont, said Monday.
“The visit to Florida State was good, but I always tell people we’ve never been on a visit that wasn’t good,” Lamont said. “Every visit is good. They treat you nice and the people are usually nice. It was a good visit, though. ... But just everybody wanting some of your time, it’s tough. There’s just not enough time in the day to make everybody happy.”
Flooded with constant text messages and phone calls, Jalen has turned off his cell completely and declined interview requests.
But the highly coveted athlete remained committed to the Trojans upon his return home Sunday night.
Though the silence leads to speculation and a bevy of rumors, it has allowed Ramsey to weigh all his options in peace. According to his father, who was also in Tallahassee for the weekend trip, Ramsey thoroughly enjoyed what Florida State had to offer.
“Jalen liked several things,” Lamont said. “He was hosted by [sophomore defensive back] Nick Waisome. Jalen liked the fact that he could see himself fitting in the defense right away. He knows the defensive coordinator [Pruitt]. He knows they have an immediate need for him, just like USC does. That’s really where he’s at. He’s noticed the coaches that are recruiting him the hardest, they actually have a real need for him. They don’t just want him to come, they actually have a need for him.”
USC has yet to hire a new defensive coordinator since the resignation of Monte Kiffin, but Ramsey said he was told a defensive coordinator would be in place by the time they arrived in Los Angeles on Friday. With a strong presentation this upcoming weekend, the Trojans might finally seal the deal.
“Jalen is hoping the defensive coordinator is in place. That’s huge for him,” Lamont said. “A lot of people are trying to say it doesn’t matter who they get as defensive coordinator, but it does. If you’re a defensive player, it really does make a difference. It’s almost like saying if you’re a quarterback, it doesn’t matter if they have a good offensive coordinator or not. It does.”
The scheme the new defensive coordinator bring with him will also be an important factor, Lamont said.
“Jalen’s a big guy,” Lamont said of his 6-foot, 190-pound son. “He’s hoping that they get a defensive coordinator that will let him be aggressive, someone that wants to play press coverage and isn’t afraid to put his corners in press.”
Both Florida and Florida State were expected to drop by for in-home visits this week before the Ramseys traveled to USC.