Brentwood Academy cornerback picks USC over Vanderbilt

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 12:09am
Staff reports

More than 30 months after Lane Kiffin infamously left Tennessee in the middle of the night, the former UT football coach is still coming up with ways to irk fans statewide.

The latest example comes in the form of courting the state’s top prospect and Brentwood Academy cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who on Monday committed to play for Kiffin at Southern California.

While Tennessee was far down his list, the 6-foot, 190-pound senior said he chose the Trojans over Vanderbilt. The four-star prospect ranked as the eighth-best cornerback and 90th overall for the 2013 signing class, according to

“It came down to USC and Vanderbilt," Ramsey told “It was very tough for me. It was a long process. Vanderbilt is a great school. It’s like USC in a lot of ways for how prestigious it is — the academics and the networking and things like that. It really came down to my second visit to USC.”

While Vanderbilt lost out on the state’s No. 1 prospect — though nothing is concrete until Ramsey signs a national letter of intent in February — the Commodores gained a commit.

Quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from San Jose, Calif., is the second commitment for the 2014 class, joining Montgomery Bell Academy junior defensive tackle Jashon Robertson. Samuels is the younger brother of Vanderbilt junior quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.

The Commodores have currently received 15 commitments for the 2013 class.

4 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 7/17/12 at 7:24

This is pretty standard practice for a scholarship boy. This young fellow has dreams of the NFL and Vanderbilt does not get the exposure that one would get at a football factory like USC. I think the boy got a taste of a football factory at Brentwood Academy and it was delicious.

By: shinestx on 7/17/12 at 11:42

Probably a good move... if he wants to play in the NFL (still slim probabilities). Also, he would be in a better position to pass his required courses, as the academic criteria at Vandy are far superior to those at USC.

By: joe41 on 7/17/12 at 9:59

This fellow still has time to think about this. It would be much harder for his family to see him play. Also, there is a much better chance of catching the eyes of NFL scouts playing in the SEC. Just look at the data. Anyway have a good career wherever.

By: 4gold on 7/18/12 at 6:38

Choosing to play for Kiffin? A total scumbag really is hard to understand. In todays media crush that is the SEC you dont have to play for so called Big Names. If you have talent the NFL WILL find you no doubt. At Vanderbilt you get a diploma that shoves others off the desk if you blow a knee out. If Kiffen sold a state school diploma as equal VU he is shoveling HORSE. Hope this guy comes to his senses.

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