Current USC commit and 5-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey is apparently keeping his options open and is planning on visiting Florida, but when all is said and done, he will be best served honoring his commitment and staying with the Trojans.
According to a video interview with Chad Simmons of Scout.com, Ramsey confirmed that the Gators have "come on strong" and that he is planning on visiting. He did also state that his commitment to USC is really strong though.
Now that we know the potential dilemma Ramsey is facing, the question now becomes which school is the better option?
Where will Ramsey play college football?
Obviously there are a variety of factors that play into a college commitment from a non-athletic point of view, but it's safe to assume that the quality of football is going to play a huge role in Ramsey's decision.
The fact of the matter is, when it comes down to crunch time, the school that offers the most potential of winning, and winning something meaningful, is going to be the better option for a corner with the talent that Ramsey possesses.
In this instance, national prestige is just about equal, as both Florida and USC are huge football powerhouses that have a ton of winning history under their respective belts. History and tradition will only get you so far with top tier recruits though, so winning in the here and now is going to be the trump card.
The Trojans hold that advantage.
Not only is USC the No. 1 ranked team in the land, but the expectation of greatness has returned to the program and they are now firmly in a "national championship or bust" type of situation. The culture of the program that led to NCAA sanctions has changed, and even though the school finds themselves facing another investigation, it's that culture change that should help them avoid dealing with such severe penalties like scholarship loss and bowl bans in the future.
Add that onto the fact that coach Lane Kiffin has set the program up perfectly for future success—they boast the No. 1 2013 recruiting class in the nation, highlighted by five 5-star commits—and it's going to be tough for Florida to get Ramsey to stray away from Southern California.
No offense to the Gators, but they just aren't on the same level as USC right now.
Elite programs attract and keep elite talent, and USC is an elite program. Florida is rebuilding, and they very well may be on their way back up to the elite level of college football schools, but in the here and now, it's tough to see them being able to truly lure Ramsey away.
If Ramsey wants to win big, USC is the better option.