While the college football season is starting to get into its conference schedules, college coaches are busy working to find recruits who have interest in their college and football program. While several players get the process out of the way with early verbal commitments, others are still looking and hoping their favorite school makes an offer. But just when a coach may feel he's got a strong commitment in hand, the prospect may turn his back and accept another offer. Could one of the Bearcats top verbal commitments be close to doing just that? We went straight to the source to find out.
Independence High School (Columbus, Oh) running back Jacob Ramsey started off slow in the recruiting process. After suffering a season ending injury during his junior campaign, Ramsey knew his performance at college summer camps would make or break his chance of earning a football scholarship. And by the end of summer Ramsey would count his offers on two hands.
While almost all of his offers came from MAC schools, Ramsey knew his interest lied with a program in a BCS conference and was excited to earn an offer from Coach Mark Dantonio and the University of Cincinnati.
With that offer came a chance to end his recruiting when it didn't seem any other bigger programs held interest. So in early September Jacob made the call and gave his verbal commitment to UC and made the Bearcats coaching staff very excited in the process.
But the recruiting game can change overnight and for Ramsey he soon saw some other program of interest take notice. Minnesota has never been a stranger to the Columbus, Ohio area and its football talent. The Gophers Head Coach Glenn Mason always enjoys raiding the backyard of Ohio State for talent and has 17 players who come from Ohio on his current roster. With a late rush Mason was looking to reach out and grab another Ohio prospect in Ramsey.
Bearcat Insider heard about the sudden interest in Ramsey and called Jacob to see if he also held interest as many have expressed in the last few days.
BCI: Jacob how has your senior season gone so far?
JR: Not as good as planed. Our team is 1-4 this year and we expected to be better. (Independence won Friday night 58-7 over West High School).
BCI: How has the season gone for you on a personal note?
JR: I've had the chance to play a lot of positions this year. I've played linebacker, tailback, and defensive end. In our game against Africentric I rushed for 206 yards on 18 carries and also made 12 tackles.
BCI: Did you get a chance to watch the UC - Miami game?
JR: Yes, I watched it. It was a tough one but they will keep getting better. They showed they will give everybody a chance to play and are looking for go-to guys.
BCI: There has been talk that your commitment may not be a solid one, is there any truth to this?
JR: Yes! I'm not a 100% commitment. Minnesota has been recruiting me hard also now and I like what they have also.
BCI: If you had to put a percentage on your UC commitment what would it be?
JR: I would say I'm at 95% I'll be at Cincinnati. I really like what they have shown me and there are a couple of guys there I know real well. But I'm pretty sure I'll end up there. They have some things I'm really looking for in a school. It's close to home and Minnesota can't say that.
BCI: What coach is your recruiting coach from UC?
JR: Coach Hinton is the coach who's recruited me.
BCI: What can you tell us about Coach Hinton?
JR: You can tell he's a real good coach. He's a nice guy and a coach you would love to play under. So I really like Coach Hinton, he's cool.
BCI: You said there are a couple of guys on the team you know. Who are they?
JR: One is Tory Cornet who is a linebacker. He first went to Prairie View to play basketball. He's sitting out this year but will be playing next year. The other is DeAngelo Smith. He's a safety and redshirted last year.
BCI: Because of the injury you suffered during your junior year, do you feel you have something to prove?
JR: I always feel I've got something to prove. I hurt my other ankle this year and had to prove I wasn't going to miss time like and did last year. I wanted to help my team win and I couldn't do that off the field.
BCI: You talk about playing a couple of different positions this year, what is UC recruiting you as?
JR: A running back. But I'll play anywhere the coaches put me to help the team.
BCI: Have you had a chance to come and watch any games this year?
JR: Not yet. I'm planning on coming down for the Louisville and West Virginia games.
BCI: What is something you would want people to know about you off the field?
JR: That I'm not just a one position player and I feel I ways have something to prove.
BCI: What do you like to do off the field?
JR: I like to workout and watch football games on television.
BCI: Talk about your high school team.
JR: The team is very young. We have several new coaches in the program and were trying to get use to playing for them. I know were better then what we've shown and will be better by the end of the season.
BCI: Jacob thanks for taking the time and talking about your season and recruiting. We wish you the best.
JR: Thank you sir.
Bearcat Insider would like to thank Jacob for talking about his commitment and about how his senior season is going. While the recruiting cycle doesn't end until the official papers are signed in February, Jacob Ramsey seems pretty set on being a Bearcat and not a gopher.