Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is still committed to USC, but both Florida and Florida State are still in the running for the 5-star recruit.
As USC knows all too well, nothing is official until national signing day (Feb. 6), so there's still plenty of time for Ramsey's recruitment to shake up. The question is, will it?
Blair Angulo of ESPN.com reports that the two Florida powerhouses are still strongly recruiting Ramsey, despite his commitment to USC:
Lamont (Ramsey) affirmed his son’s commitment to USC, but said two other schools are scheduled to meet with him this week.
“He has in-home visits this week from USC, FSU and Florida,” Lamont said. “He’ll be hosting the head coaches of those schools the following week but the schedule isn’t set yet.”
Angulo goes on to explain why USC may have reason to worry, especially when it comes to the Seminoles:
Ramsey visited Florida State on Jan. 11 -- a date he had previously set aside for Alabama. When the Seminoles hired former Crimson Tide secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt to be the new defensive coordinator, Ramsey set his eyes on Tallahassee.
The situation becomes even murkier given the unknown status of USC defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders under new Trojans defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who was officially hired Friday just hours before recruits arrived for the big weekend.
There's no doubting the fact that both Florida and Florida State would have a lot to offer Ramsey. Head coach Will Muschamp and the Gators are putting together an extremely impressive defensive recruiting class (ranked No. 1 overall by Rivals.com), and Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles are building a contending program over in Tallahassee.
Ramsey is from Tennessee, so both schools give him the chance to stay closer to home and in SEC/ACC country. Furthermore, as Angulo explained, there's the assistant coaching situation to consider—Florida State is looking very strong now that Jeremy Pruitt is the defensive coordinator.
This could drastically impact Ramsey's commitment, and the firing alone increases the odds that Ramsey decommits from USC. This was the coach that he was expected to work extensively with for the next four-to-five years. Now he's going to have to get to know a new coach.
It's not an impossible situation, but this is never a good scenario in recruiting.
With that being said, it doesn't change the fact that both FSU and Florida appear to be making a strong final push for the 5-star cornerback.
Consider the fact that Sanders is no longer the secondary coach, and that is not a good combination on the recruiting trail.
The odds aren't necessarily against USC just yet in regards to being able to keep Ramsey's commitment, but let's just say that they aren't necessarily for them, either.
Odds Ramsey Flips to Either Florida State or Florida: Decent