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247Sports four-star DB Keivon Ramsey commits to the Texas Longhorns


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The Texas Longhorns used the first Orange-White game under new head coach Charlie Strong to nab a commitment from Converse (Texas) Judson defensive back Keivon Ramsey, as broken by Orangebloods.

Not long after meeting with the media for the final time this spring, Strong confirmed the commitment:

The 6'1, 170-pounder picked up his offer from the Longhorns in early April and also attended a Junior Day in Austin in late February. A consensus three-star prospect, Ramsey is ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports, which ranks him as the No. 22 cornerback nationally and the No. 32 player in the state of Texas.

He also held offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oregon State, and UTSA. The decision wasn't entirely a surprise, as all three predictions for Ramsey in the 247Sports Crystal Ball projections had Ramsey committing to the Longhorns.

The offer to Ramsey continued a trend of the staff targeting big defensive backs, but it's hard to project him at cornerback because his film mostly shows him playing safety in zone coverage. There also aren't any easily available track times for the Judson product, but he does have long arms on a frame that needs some add some weight.

Ramsey's experience in zone coverage is a positive for him moving forward and he's known as a strong tackler, which should allow him to play safety if cornerback doesn't work out at Texas. Given that his overall movement abilities aren't considered his best attributes, safety is probably his likely destination.

In zone coverage, he shows an ability to react to the eyes of a quarterback while acquiring wide receivers moving through zones, and then make plays on the football.

A willingness to get physical as a tackler is another one of Ramsey's best attributes. As he adds mass, he could even become a punishing enforcer, as he suffers a bit right now from his lack of it.

And it is a definite positive that he works as the punt returner for Judson and made some plays in that role last season, though nothing especially dynamic.

The commitment of Ramsey continues a strong recent run for Strong and his staff, which has gained pledges in the last five days from Galena Park North Shore running back Tristian Houston and San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian brothers Kirk Johnson, a 2015 running back, and Collin Johnson, a 2016 wide receiver.

The 2015 class now has 10 pledges with West Orange-Stark safety Johnny Shaw no longer considered a commitment by 247Sports. Prior to the commitment from Ramsey, it ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.