5-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey is a USC commit, but if there's any chance Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators can get him to flip, they must take it.
Such is the life of college football recruiting. It's not over 'till it's over, and in the case of this current 2013 recruiting class, it won't be officially over until national signing day.
Decisions can be altered, made-up minds can be swayed, and ultimately, commitments can flip.
According to Woody Wommack of Rivals.com, the Gators could still be in the running for the corner:
It's been more than two months since five-star Jalen Ramsey made his pledge to USC, but the talented defensive back is still taking his official visits. On Saturday, he was in Gainesville to watch Florida dismantle Kentucky, along with high school teammate and Gators commit Max Staver. There's no doubt that Staver is trying to sway Ramsey to join him in Florida, and an official visit means that the Gators are at least still somewhat in the conversation for Ramsey. It has been rumored that while USC is still on top, a cross-country move may be causing Ramsey and his family to at least take a look at some schools closer to home.
How can Muschamp and the Gators get Ramsey to flip?
First things first, Muschamp has to play off the biggest advantage he has over Lane Kiffin and the Trojans right now, and that's distance.
The important line to key in on in Woomack's report is the very last, which states Ramsey and his family will take a look at schools closer to his home. Ramsey is from Nashville, Tennessee.
Gainesville is infinitely closer to Nashville than Southern California is and Muschamp needs to play that up as much as possible.
Don't underestimate how much distance plays into the recruiting process, especially for players that have an attachment to home. Judging from Wommack's report, it seems like this could maybe be the case with Ramsey.
There's also the fact that his high school teammate is a Florida commit.
We've all had our fair share of awkward first days away from home, but how much easier is it when you have a friend or somebody you know with you?
Will Florida be able to flip Ramsey?
Remember, football player or not, he's still a high school Senior facing the prospect of leaving his comfort zone and going off to college. I don't care who you are, that's going to be a daunting thought.
Muschamp can provide him with a school that's closer to home, a high school friend going through the same experience, oh, and the opportunity to play football in the SEC.
Florida can keep Ramsey a bit closer to his comfort zone, while still providing him with elite football and national exposure.
It's not a half bad pitch, and that's exactly how the Florida Gators could get Ramsey to flip from USC.