Updated at 1:50 pm PST: USC has also lost a verbal commitment from Torrodney Prevot. See tweet below.
If you jumped on a recruiting site this morning to check the status of USC's recruiting class of 2013, you probably became ill: USC is back down to a class of 11 due to 5-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey's flip and Torrodney Provet's decommit.
Greg Powers 🏟 @GPowersScout
Can positively conform that Prevot has informed the #USC staff that he will no longer sign with SC. #TAMU #Oregon #NSD2013-2-5 21:16:51
According to Rivals, sources have indicated that Ramsey informed the Florida State staff that he will be committing to the Seminoles on Wednesday:
Ramsey, who has been recruited from the FSU side by new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, didn't become a realistic target for the Seminoles until Pruitt joined the staff following the BCS Championship Game. Ramsey made an official visit to Tallahassee on Jan. 11.
Scout also has Ramsey committed.
I projected him to flip last week, so Ramsey's switch shouldn't come as a shock to anyone—Ramsey is from Tennessee, and it was hard to fathom that he would not be pressured to stay in SEC/ACC country.
It's a big loss for USC, but it's time to move on.
If head coach Lane Kiffin can stop the bleeding, retain commitments and sign Eddie Vanderdoes as well, then this won't be a complete failure. But USC needs to pick up another cornerback, and Kiffin should have had a contingency plan for Ramsey's decommitment.
Last season, the Trojans were torched on pass plays—as well as the run, come to think of it—under Monte Kiffin's Cover 2 defense, and former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is now the Trojan defensive coordinator. This should be a selling point, but right now it doesn't appear to be convincing prospects to keep their verbal commitments.
USC has a strong class of defensive backs in safeties Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay and cornerback Chris Hawkins—all currently enrolled at USC. It'll be interesting to see how USC responds to the loss of Ramsey.
I do know this: USC is only allowed to sign 15 prospects per class, and right now, the Trojans are at 12.
Mike Farrell @rivalsmike
Jalen Ramsey to #FSU is a game changer for them this recruiting year. Huge deal. Big loss for #USC, but #Trojans d-backs class still special2013-2-5 14:20:23
If that number doesn't increase with quality athletes on signing day, then this could be another long season.