Jalen Ramsey committed to USC on Monday.
The declaration was hardly a surprise. Ramsey, No. 57 in the ESPN 150 and the No. 7 CB in the nation, had shown strong, recent interest in the Trojans. He took two trips to USC's campus in a little less than a month and Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) had long said USC was one of his top schools for what it offered both on and off the field.
"One of the really important things about USC is the networking I would gain after I'm done playing football," Ramsey told ESPN earlier this month during The Opening. "It's also USC football -- everyone knows USC football, nothing more needs to be said. But there's a lot of stuff people don't know, like the academics and the fact that it's a private school. It's a great environment. The campus and buildings are nice, but it's the tradition, that's the main thing to me."
Ramsey, the top prospect in Tennessee, was also considering the Vols, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Washington and Auburn. The loss is certainly significant for Tennessee, especially since former UT coach Lane Kiffin landed Ramsey, in part, by utilizing former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin.
Martin, who won a national title with UT in 1998, was hired this year to coach USC's receivers. Martin was previously an assistant at Kentucky.
"I've got a great relationship with Coach Martin," Ramsey said. "I met him a few years ago when my brother did a Nike combine, and then he was recruiting me at Kentucky and now here at USC. I like the whole coaching staff; I really have faith in all of them. They are great coaches and great people. I really like them, to be honest. When I was on the field for the camp, they were intense; they were pumped up. I like coaches who are energetic. The coach who would be my coach, defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders, I like his style."
Ramsey becomes USC's 15th commitment for the 2013 class as the Trojans continue to add top recruits. Ramsey’s commit comes not long after the Trojans landed three four-star prospects in one day and moved to No. 2 in the class rankings. Because of NCAA sanctions, the Trojans are only expected to sign 18 prospects in the class.