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USC Loses Five-Star DB Jalen Ramsey to Florida State

Five-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was poached from USC by Florida State at the last minute.

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

USC lost a big time recruit when five-star defensive back Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood Academy) flipped his commitment and signed with Florida State Wednesday morning.

At six foot and 190 pounds, Ramsey's physical attributes had many thinking he could play right away with USC essentially breaking in an entire new defensive secondary.

Ramsey had been committed to USC since last July, but he took several visits since participating in the U.S Army All-American Game. The firing of defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders likely did not enstill confidence, but Ramsey never publicly waned in his commitment to be a Trojan.

A top 20 prospect, Ramsey was given five stars by Scout and Rivals and four stars by the tougher grading system of ESPN despite being the network's No. 14 player in the 2013 class. It has been speculated Florida State was able to win Ramsey over due to the closer proximity to his home in Nashville, Tennessee. Without Ramsey, Chris Hawkins is the only cornerback signed in this class.

Here's what the Trojans will be missing:

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