Thanks to a cracked bone in his right knee, Jalen Ramsey missed the entire 2010 season.
"That was hard," he recalled. "That was the first time ever I didn't play."
A year later, Ramsey, a junior athlete at Tennessee's Brentwood Academy, is making up for lost time. For a team that is 7-2, the 6-feet, 180-pounder has shined at running back, receiver, cornerback and safety.
And thanks to his play, Ramsey is accumulating offers.
So far, he has eight of them, including seven from FBS programs (Arkansas State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt). Arkansas State, which offered Ramsey over the summer, was the first to pull the trigger. Mississippi State became the latest on Monday night. Additionally, he is hearing a lot from Duke and Louisville.
According to Ramsey, the Volunteers and Commodores are recruiting him the hardest.
However, he added that nobody leads.
Most schools are recruiting Ramsey to play corner.
"It really doesn't matter to me what I play," Ramsey said. "A lot of people say I'm best at cornerback, but I think I'm equally good at all of them. I don't care what I play."
Thus far, Ramsey has been to games this fall at Arkansas State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
"I really liked them all," he said. "They're all good schools and I like the coaches at all of them. Arkansas State got after it when I was there. They whipped Memphis. At Tennessee, the atmosphere is crazy. That's a good thing. At Vanderbilt, I love the DB coach and their defense. They fly around."