After committing to Southern Cal in July, Brentwood Academy defensive back Jalen Ramsey is expected to sign with Florida State on Wednesday.
Citing reports from various recruiting websites, The Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat reported that Ramsey, a Rutherford County resident, has changed his mind. Attempts to reach Ramsey, his father, Lamont, and Brentwood Academy coach Cody White were unsuccessful.
"The writing has been on the wall that he's been far from solid with USC for the last couple of months," said Nashville-based recruiting analyst Barton Simmons of 247sports.com. "I think the uncertainty around (coach) Lane Kiffin and the program in general spurred him to head in a direction that was a little more comfortable, with a guy he has a trust level with, in an area closer to home.
"I think he's going to be a heck of a player for them very early in his career."
Ramsey, No. 1 on The Tennessean Dandy Dozen list of area prospects, reportedly notified Southern Cal, Florida State and Florida -- his other finalist -- on Monday night of his decision after in-home visits with the coaching staffs from all three schools last week.
Newly hired Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has been recruiting Ramsey since joining the Seminole staff from Alabama. Pruitt started two seasons in the secondary at Middle Tennessee State before transferring to Alabama in 1995.
Rivals.com has Ramsey rated as the third-best cornerback, and the 10th-best player overall, in this signing class.
The 6-foot, 185-pounder had 49 total tackles (38 solos) with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while helping Brentwood Academy to the Division II-AA semifinals last fall. He added 663 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 30 catches.
Ramsey would be Southern Cal's sixth decommitment.