On the eve of National Signing Day, the Trojan Class of 2013 suffered another huge blow: DB Jalen Ramsey has dropped his commitment to USC, per reports.
ESPN’s USC recruiting blog, WeAreSC.com tweeted Tuesday morning that Ramsey called the Trojan coaches late on Monday night to inform them of his decision.
Ramsey is a five-star cornerback rated No. 3 at his position and is the No. 10 overall player in the nation. He has given no official reason for de-committing, but it could stem from USC firing his position coach, Marvin Sanders–whom he was very fond of–a couple of weeks ago.
It had been widely rumored that Ramsey, a Tennessee native, was re-considering his commitment with USC. Per Rivals, it had further been rumored for weeks that Florida State and Florida had crept into the mix, and he is now expected to sign with the Seminoles on Wednesday. FSU’s new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has been pivotal in making the Seminoles a realistic interest for Ramsey; Pruitt joined their staff after the BCS Title Game, and before that Ramsey had little interest in Florida State. He took an official visit to Tallahassee on Jan. 11, and it evidently went better than anticipated.
With his de-commitment, Ramsey is the seventh player to part ways with USC since November. The Trojans now have 13 commitments and four open spots come National Signing Day, and are still heavily pursuing DT Eddie Vanderdoes, DE Kylie Fitts, LB Quinton Powell and LB Matthew Thomas. Even without Ramsey, USC is expected to sign a Top 15 class on Wednesday, with an average star rating of 4.2.