Brentwood Academy 5-star recruit Jalen Ramsey flipped his commitment on National Signing Day, signing with Florida State University Feb. 6 in front of family, classmates, and masses of media in a ceremony at the school.
Ramsey, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back who verbally committed to the University of Southern California last July, is relieved that the recruiting process is finally over.
“It’s the most hectic process and the toughest process I’ve ever had to go through,” he said to rows of reporters after the ceremony. “It’s fun at the beginning – you want to take every trip you can take because it’s fun. When you get down to the last two weeks things get crazy. I began to think ‘Maybe I should’ve just taken one trip’.”
Ranked the No. 1 recruit in Tennessee and No. 10 in the nation by Rivals.com, Ramsey took official visits to Washington, Mississippi State, Florida, USC, and Florida State. He had 33 scholarship offers in total.
The process proved to be more than Ramsey expected and came with its downsides.
“Never had time to spend with family and friends – the people you love,” said Ramsey. “You always have something. You’re always out of town or people are always at your house. You just never really had full time to spend with the people you love.”
Being able to play closer to family factored into Ramsey picking the Seminoles over USC, but the senior said he took everything into consideration.
USC finished the 2012 with a 7-6 record – losing five of their last six games. Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin and Defensive Backs Coach Marvin Sanders were released after the season.
Ramsey finished his senior year of high school as the Division II-AA Mr. Football runner-up. He had 43 total tackles (32 solo, 11 assisted), three interceptions, three tackles for loss, and two fumble recovers in 2012. On offense, he totaled 29 catches for 667 yards and eight touchdowns.
Aside from football, Ramsey is the reigning Division II state champion in the Decathlon, Long Jump, and 400 Meters.
“He is a phenomenal athlete,” said David Norris, BA’s defensive coordinator and Ramsey’s presenter at the ceremony. “But what makes him special – he has a charisma about him that is really unique. He’s a leader. People follow him and he has an opportunity to take that to a new level.”