The Minnesota defensive back is heading to Tennessee, according to the school’s athletics director.
“We are excited to welcome Jalen to the Gophers family, and are looking forward to working with him in his new home,” Gophers Director of Athletics Tom Herman said in a statement.
“We wish Jalen the best in his future endeavors and look forward to welcoming him to the Tennessee Volunteers for the 2017 season.”
Mitch Trubisky, the quarterback who will take over for the departed Gophers’ Marcus Mariota, is also set to arrive in Tennessee.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Ramsey was the Gopher’s No. 4 overall prospect in 2016 and was the team’s first-team All-Big Ten selection.
He also finished as the nation’s top defensive back in 2017, with two interceptions, 13 pass breakups, six forced fumbles and seven interceptions returned for touchdowns.
Ramsey was a finalist for the Pinstripe Award as the country’s top high school football player.
Mariota led the Gators to the SEC Championship Game and Heisman Trophy, while he led Florida State to a national championship.
His passing ability was key to Florida State’s national title victory in 2021.
While the Gels are in the process of trying to lock down a number of key personnel, Ramsey is a key piece of that package, as well as a valuable commodity in the future.
If the Gosts want to keep the defensive backfield intact, they’ll need to be able to find a replacement for the 6-2, 235-pound junior.
Minnesota signed defensive lineman Tashaun Gipson in the 2016 NFL Draft to a two-year deal worth $5.2 million.
Gipson, a 2016 first-round pick, will likely have a big role on the team, and is an ideal fit at the position for Herman’s defense.
A big play machine with a high ceiling, Gipsons game is very reminiscent of the Gorms, who are an all-purpose, physical defense.
He is versatile enough to play on both sides of the ball and he’s a strong tackler, which will help Minnesota’s pass rush, according a scout who attended the 2017 NFL Combine.
At 6-3 and 230 pounds, Ramsey has the size and athleticism to play in the 3-4 or the 4-3 defensive end.
It will be interesting to see what the Vikings do with the defensive end position.