Five-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey is a USC commit, and it doesn't appear as if that's going to change, despite his plan to take a few official visits.
Ramsey was in attendance this past weekend for USC's game against Notre Dame, and according to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com, the 5-star had a good discussion with USC athletic director Pat Haden regarding the future of the program:
His short discussions with Haden were an important step in the recruiting process because potential coaching changes have been rumored with the Trojans. Ramsey wanted clarification from the person in charge, and the five-star was pleased with the conversation.
"I talked to him for a brief moment when I was in the eating area," Ramsey said. "He was like, 'Don't worry about the negative recruiting. Don't worry about what you hear.' He calls the shots, so I took his word for it. I feel like it's strong. The USC coaches will be there, and that's a good thing.
"Stability is always important. Ultimately, I'm going to do it for my teammates, my recruiting class, the people you're actually going out there and fighting for at the school, but that's important. You have to have that bond with the coaching staff, too."
It certainly hasn't been a great year for the Trojans on the field, as Lane Kiffin and his program widely underachieved on their way to a 7-5 regular season that saw them lose to Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona and Stanford.
Coaching rumors are never a good thing for a program, and if there's one thing that can really hurt a good recruiting class, it's uncertainty. That plus the fact that Gorney also reported that Ramsey will take official visits to Alabama, Mississippi State and Washington should be enough to cause USC fans to get a bit nervous in regards to Ramsey's commitment.
That said, at least according to Gorney's report, Ramsey seemed assured by Haden that changes in the coaching staff are not imminent. He also refereed to USC as "the place for me" and talked highly about his visit to the Coliseum per the report, so any fear USC fans have in regards to losing Ramsey's commitment should be essentially nullified by that.
He seems more than sold on USC's future.
Ramsey has been committed to the Trojans since July, and he's one of the featured recruits in Kiffin's 2013 class. The Trojans have the No. 1 ranked recruiting class according to Rivals.com, and Ramsey is one of five 5-star recruits that is committed to USC.
Even though 2012 has been rough for Kiffin and his program, he's set up the Trojans to have a ton of success in the future, and as a 5-star cornerback, Ramsey has a chance to be a huge part of that success. One disappointing season doesn't make or break a program, and as long as players like Ramsey remain confident in USC's potential, the Trojans will be just fine.
Ramsey may be planning on taking a few official visits, but Trojans fans shouldn't worry. He seems excited about USC football, and all signs point to him feeling good about the stability of the program.
The future of this program is still bright, and it appears as if the 5-star cornerback will be a part of it.