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FSU star Jalen Ramsey entering NFL draft

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January

Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft, the Seminoles announced Tuesday afternoon.

"Today, after having in depth discussions with my parents, my coaches and others whom I hold dear to my heart, I am announcing my decision to pursue my dream, forgo my senior year of football at Florida State and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft," Ramsey said in a statement.

Ramsey leaves FSU as one of the most highly touted defensive players in recent school history. He joined Deion Sanders as the only Seminoles who ever started at cornerback as true freshmen. He started all 41 collegiate games, finishing with 180 tackles, 23 pass breakups and three interceptions.

The Tennessee native helped FSU win two ACC titles and the 2013 national championship. He also won a conference title in the long jump. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Ramsey will likely be a top-10 pick in this spring's draft.

"I'm extremely happy for Jalen and his family," Noles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I think it is a very smart decision by him. He will be a tremendous pro. He was an outstanding player and leader for us. I cannot say enough good things about him. I wish him nothing but the best and he will always be a part of the Florida State family."

Here's Ramsey's full statement on his announcement: 

Let me begin by giving all thanks to the Lord above, who has given me the ability to not only play this game that I love, but also allowed me to stay healthy while doing so.

Today, after having in depth discussions with my parents, my coaches and others whom I hold dear to my heart, I am announcing my decision to pursue my dream, forgo my senior year of football at Florida State and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

There are no words to describe how much I have enjoyed my time in Tallahassee, and more specifically here at Florida State. Since the first day I stepped foot on campus, I knew I made the right decision and found my second home. From the war chants and tomahawk chops that send chills shooting down my spine, to running out of the tunnel or being on the track with my teammates, I have found that there is no greater feeling than being a Seminole!

I arrived at Florida State as a boy, but now because of your unconditional love and support, I am leaving a man, a man who has accomplished many of his goals and is looking forward to what the future has in store. I am not saying that I have reached perfection, but I press on to possess that perfection Christ Jesus first possessed me. Although this season did not end the way we would have liked, I couldn't have selected a better group of teammates and coaches to go to battle with each and every Saturday.

As I now embark on this new chapter of my life, I will take with me all the lessons I have learned here at Florida State. I would consider myself very lucky if wherever my next stop takes me, the fans are half as dedicated and supportive as those here in Tallahassee. You all have been great and I will miss each of you tremendously. I will also miss my teammates, coaches and support staff who have made these last three years the best of my life!

Again no words will ever be enough, but thank you. I'm a Nole Forever!

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 2:51pm]

    

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