In the hours after four-star linebacker Nick Ramirez officially broke his commitment to Missouri, he threw around the phrases "rushed decision" and "jumped the gun." The line of reasoning has become the norm in the wake of de-commitments in recent years. What makes Ramirez's situation slightly unique is what's next for the high school senior.
The Lee's Summit (Mo.) West star doesn't intend to take his time to regroup. He won't step back from the recruiting process to collect himself. With limited time between now and national signing day, he can't afford to be reactive.
Instead, he'll spring to action.
"What's next for me is that I'm going to go check out Kansas State, "Ramirez said. "I really don't know too much there. That's why I am going to check it out. They have been recruiting me all along. Same with Purdue."
Ramirez's trip to K-State was scheduled before he made the call to officially part ways with Missouri. It's the only visit on the docket for now, but he's in the process of setting a date to get an up-close look at the Boilermakers' program as well. He's also entertaining the idea of taking another visit to Nebraska.
As for favorites, there are none. Ramirez does, however, insist that his decision to break his months-old commitment to Mizzou does not mean the Tigers have been eliminated form the race to sign him.
"I feel like I made the decision probably too early and I just want to check out the other schools," he said. "Missouri is still in the race, but I'm going with no front runners right now."
For now, though, "open" is the buzzword. Ramirez invites any school with interest to give him a call. He's very much a gun for hire once again. And this time he's not setting self-limitations.
"Whatever schools start getting in contact with me now that I've -committed, I'm going to check them out," Ramirez said. "I'm just looking at which place is right for me. You never know which place is right for you until you check them out."
A timetable for a decision is also still in the air. Ramirez has a ideal situation, sure, but in keeping with the theme of keeping every door open, he's hesitant to commit to his preferred announcement date.
"It'd be cool to pick a hat on signing day, but I guess we'll see what happens," he said.
Ramirez claimed 10 scholarship before he committed to Missouri.