One top recruit changes his mind; another has yet to make up his

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4:50pm
Staff reports

In a stunning recruiting development, Brentwood Academy five-star ace Jalen Ramsey has de-committed from Southern Cal and decided instead to sign with Florida State.

Ramsey, an all-state split end and cornerback announced last fall that he would sign with Southern Cal. According to a report, though, he had a recent change of heart and decided sign with the Seminoles on Wednesday, the first day of the next signing period.

“Ramsey called USC Monday night and de-committed and, in doing so, leaves USC with only one cornerback, Chris Hawkins from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. High,” the report said.

“With a day left before letters of intent are signed and faxed, (USC Coach) Lane Kiffin and his staff’s job just got much more difficult.”

Make them wait: Ensworth’s Corn Elder, a two-time Mr. Football winner, won’t make a decision on his college choice by Wednesday.

He made his final pre-signing day recruiting trip to Georgia Tech over the weekend.

“Corn won’t be deciding [Wednesday],” Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers said. “He will make a decision soon, but I’m not exactly sure when.”

Another item in the equation is Elder’s desire to play both football and basketball. Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter extended a scholarship offer last week.

 Others of note: Pearl-Cohn’s 6-foot-8, 325-pound offensive/defensive lineman Darius Hooten will sign with Alabama A&M.

Christ Presbyterian quarterback Albert Mitchell will sign with Samford (Ala.).

Brentwood Academy defensive back D’Montre Wade and Goodpasture lineman Jedediah Vivio have both announced they will sign with Murray State.

Montgomery Bell Academy linebacker Franklin Garstin is mulling over several possibilities, among them possibly walking on at Wake Forest.

In basketball, Whites Creek girls coach Antoine Buchanan reports that Cobras star Alexis Lang will sign with Cumberland.

Hillsboro’s Jamontae Davis and Father Ryan’s Jamonte Graham have announced they will sign with Tennessee State.

At Lipscomb Academy, Barbara Lee Ball (Lipscomb University), Corley Webb (Trevecca Nazarene University) and David Austin Lowery (Lipscomb University) will sign letters-of-intent for cross country, Abbey McMurray (Lipscomb University) will sign a letter-of-intent for track and field and Abby Taylor (Union University) will sign to play soccer.

5 Comments on this post:

By: jwk6179 on 2/6/13 at 10:31

I have never understood why everyone that follows college football get so excited about a 17 and 18 year old kids committing to this program or that program during their junoir year of high school or during the summer before their senior year. How many times have you seen a player committ to one school during his junior year only to sign with another program on National Signing day? Tennessee signed several players today that had committed to others schools. And didn't Vanderbilt sign a player last season that was a North Carolina committee up until a day or two before he signed with Vandy?

By: wiseguy1 on 2/6/13 at 10:43

Gives folks something to talk about that is theoretically more interesting than the weather and has not fallen vicitm to 'political correctness'. Long range weather froecasts, such as teh number of named storms in the Atlantic this hurricane season, is just about as accurate as HS junior verbal commitments.

By: tomba1 on 2/6/13 at 11:05

the only thing that matters is what they sign today and beyond. the rest is bs and should simply be flushed.

By: joe41 on 2/6/13 at 3:16

The only thing that I know is that Vanderbilt signed some outstanding young men to attend the school and play football next year. Congratulations Coach Franklin.

By: courier37027 on 2/8/13 at 7:56

College recruiting early commitments and ESPN's daily NFL mock draft changes are mind numbing and a reach for "entertainment".