USC Football Recruiting: Trojans Lose Jalen Ramsey to Florida State

Rick McMahanSenior Writer IFebruary 5, 2013

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In what has been a rough patch for USC's 2013 football recruiting class, you can add another cruel blow.

According to's Chad Simmons, 5-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey has rescinded in his verbal pledge to the Trojans and instead will sign with Florida State.

Scout has confirmed that Ramsey called USC and de-committed on Monday night and, in doing so, leaves USC with only one cornerback, Chris Hawkins from Rancho Cucamonga (Ca) High School.

The Ramsey decommittment is a particularly tough pill to swallow for the Trojans, as they will be breaking in an almost completely new defensive backfield in 2013 and it was thought that he stood a very good chance of seeing a lot of playing time this season.

USC has seen a lot of movement in this class and most of it has not been good.

In addition to Ramsey's flip, USC has seen the same from defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and defensive end Kylie Fitts and, while both of those players are still considering the Trojans, the prevailing thought is that neither will sign with the men of Troy.

In addition to the above mentioned players flipping on their verbal pledges, receivers Eldridge Massington and Sebastian LaRue both did the same, although losing those two didn't represent as severe a disappointment as the defensive players previously mentioned.

Ramsey's commitment to the Seminoles is another stark reminder that verbal pledges are often not worth the effort the recruits make to utter them and for USC, this late change of mind will hurt as there simply is not enough time to recruit a player to take Ramsey's place.

With a day left before letters of intent are signed and faxed, Lane Kiffin and his staff's job just got much more difficult and it will be interesting to see how this class (at one time was considered the consensus No. 1 in the nation) winds up when all is said and done.