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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Jalen Ramsey commits to USC

By Dave Hooker


SMYRNA, Tenn. -- The top prospect in Tennessee is heading west to play college football.

"I'll be attending the University of Southern California," cornerback Jalen Ramsey said before a round of applause at a news conference Monday.

While there are plenty of storylines around Ramsey's decision to commit to USC, one stands out: the ties between the Trojans and the University of Tennessee. Ramsey, No. 57 in the ESPN 150, said former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, who is still vilified by Vols fans after leaving as the school's head coach in 2010, was one of the primary reasons Ramsey is headed west.