Jalen Ramsey has been an elite defensive back in his first two years at Florida State and he’s ready to make the jump to the next level and become one of the best players in Florida State history.
Ramsey came to Florida State as a five-star recruit with extremely high expectations. The moment he set foot on campus he started fulfilling those expectations and was the first true freshman to start at cornerback for Florida State since Deion Sanders in 1985. He moved to safety a few games into the season when Tyler Hunter went down with an injury and started all 14 games as a freshman.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher said that he told him he was going to start as soon as he got to Florida State.
"Since the day he's walked in, Jalen has been [confident],”Fisher said. "He walked in and said day one 'I'm going to start.' And we had all returning guys in the secondary.”
In 2014 he made the move to the star position and became the first Florida State player in history with more than nine tackles for loss and pass breakups in a single season. He finished the year with 79 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, two interceptions, and a blocked extra point that came up big in the Miami game.
“I love corner,” Ramsey said. “It’s where I always wanted to be. Of course I had great corners here before me so as a team necessity I didn’t have to be at corner, but I’m more than happy to be back at corner. That’s what I love and what I want to be.”
Ramsey knows he’s a very good football player and he’s not afraid to tell anyone. He’s also not afraid to back up that talk on the field.
“Ya'll know me, I'm probably the biggest competitor on this team," Ramsey said. "I know when I line up against whoever it is, I don't care if it's the best receiver in the country or the worst receiver in the country he's not going to beat me. That's just how I am and that’s why I love it.”
Jalen never takes a day off according to coach Fisher and he makes sure the receivers don’t take any days off either.
“With Jalen, he’s at the top of his game everyday,” Fisher said. “I tell him ‘Beat them in the ground. Embarrass them if you want to.’”
If you have ever watched Ramsey play a game you know that he doesn’t lack confidence. Between the clapping, trash talking, and his overall play on the field it’s kind of hard to miss. However, Ramsey has taken it to a whole new level thanks to the Jalen Ramsey shirt he wore to the Florida State Pro Day and referring to himself in the third person in a recent interview.
“You know when Jalen’s out there in a corner spot, one-on-one with somebody, I’m going to do my job,” Ramsey said. “If everybody else is doing their job it’s just going to click.”
I guess if you’re out there on an island it pays to be confident.