More than 30 months after Lane Kiffin infamously left Tennessee in the middle of the night, the former UT football coach is still coming up with ways to irk fans statewide.
The latest example comes in the form of courting the state’s top prospect and Brentwood Academy cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who on Monday committed to play for Kiffin at Southern California.
While Tennessee was far down his list, the 6-foot, 190-pound senior said he chose the Trojans over Vanderbilt. The four-star prospect ranked as the eighth-best cornerback and 90th overall for the 2013 signing class, according to Rivals.com.
“It came down to USC and Vanderbilt," Ramsey told ESPN.com. “It was very tough for me. It was a long process. Vanderbilt is a great school. It’s like USC in a lot of ways for how prestigious it is — the academics and the networking and things like that. It really came down to my second visit to USC.”
While Vanderbilt lost out on the state’s No. 1 prospect — though nothing is concrete until Ramsey signs a national letter of intent in February — the Commodores gained a commit.
Quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from San Jose, Calif., is the second commitment for the 2014 class, joining Montgomery Bell Academy junior defensive tackle Jashon Robertson. Samuels is the younger brother of Vanderbilt junior quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.
The Commodores have currently received 15 commitments for the 2013 class.