Ramsey heads east for visit

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Being one of his home state's most sought after prospects, Jalen Ramsey is quickly realizing what life is like as a prized recruit.

"It's been very crazy," Ramsey told InsideTennessee.com. "It's hard managing all this stuff. But, it's fun at the same time. It's exciting to be blessed with this opportunity, but at the same time it is crazy and hectic."

The Volunteer State prospect currently has 17 BCS-school offers with Louisville and Virginia being the most recent.

Ramsey is making it a point to be as educated as possible before making a decision on where he will sign next February. He made numerous trips across the south last summer, fall and winter. In the last month alone, he has tripped to Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

"All the schools have something interesting about them that they make sure they tell us," Ramsey said.

Prospects of his stature sometimes are faced with a full-court press from some of the more prestigious coaches around college football. However, Ramsey takes a mature approach and refuses to let the emotions of a moment get the better of him in terms of making a verbal commitment.

"I'll never commit while I'm somewhere," Ramsey said. "I'll always take aback, go back home, talk it over with my parents. I don't really want to commit right now. It's too early because I haven't gotten the opportunity to take all my visits. I want to be fair, but at the same time, if I feel comfortable with a school, I'll probably be committing. But, I'm never going to commit while I'm on campus."

He did say he "definitely" plans to dwindle the offer sheet down to a list of finalists at some point this summer.

With no school on Monday in observance of President's Day, Ramsey and his father Lamont made their way to Knoxville. Derek Dooley and his staff want to educate the Ramsey's each time they are on The Hill, and they allowed Jalen to sit in on a statistics class this week to get a feel for the academic side of things.

That wasn't all the Smyrna, Tenn., native got to do.

"Something that really stuck out to me this time was the fact that they told me I was the first person to go inside the new facility that they're finishing construction on," Jalen said. "We all got to see the construction and where everything is going to be at. That place is going to be huge. They already have great facilities as it is, but that is about to be really nice as far as we could see construction-wise."

Defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri sat down with Ramsey for the first time since he accepted the job offer from the Volunteers.

"It was great getting to know (Sunseri)," Ramsey said. "I didn't get to sit down with him as much as I did the DBs coach, but it was all great. You can tell he's a high-energy guy. He loves to win. He loves the sport. First impression-wise, it was a great first impression for me. For him, I hope likewise."

Cornelius Elder (pictured) and Ramsey are friends even though their high school teams compete against one another.
(Danny Parker/InsideTennessee.com)

Another new assistant on staff that ventured into the film room with Ramsey is Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley.

"Just like with coach Sunseri, I had a great first impression of him," Ramsey said. "I got to sit down with him and talk a little football and life. It was all great. I liked what he had to say. He broke down not only my film, which was one of the first times that ever happened, but he broke down their film and compared them."

Ramsey told InsideTennessee that he has grown roughly 2 inches taller than he was at the start of the 2011 football season. He wears a size 13 shoe, so Ramsey may not be done growing vertically. He is currently 6-feet, 185 pounds.

The Class of 2013 has the makings of being one of the more talented the state of Tennessee has ever had. Joining Ramsey near the top of rankings figures to be Ensworth athlete Cornelius Elder, who is a friend of Ramsey's.

"Me and him are real good friends," said Ramsey, whose Brentwood Academy team competes Div. II Class AA with Ensworth. "I used to go to school with him (at Ensworth). Me and him are real close. We stay in contact every week."

While they have a close, personal relationship, the two are not necessarily a package deal but the perks of teaming up together are enticing.

"We've thought about it you know," Ramsey said. "It would be really cool to play at the same school instead of against each other. But, at the same time, that's not how we're looking at it, that's not going to decide anything about us. We've got to find out what's best for ourselves. That's what matters at the end of the day. We'll probably still be friends regardless of what happens.

The projected defensive back understands the importance of speed on the next level, and he is representing his school and improving as an athlete at the same time by competing in track this spring for Brentwood Academy. He is currently training to compete in the 100-meter, 200-meter, high jump, long jump, 4x100-meter relay and 4x200-meter relay.

Ramsey has tentative plans to take part in the Nike Football SPARQ Combine in Atlanta, Ga., in March. He also said he was invited to the Under Armour All-American week.

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