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Quick Reaction: Texas Tech lands 4-star SG Jahmius Ramsey

For the second time in 2018, the Texas Tech Basketball team landed their highest rated recruit in program history. Here’s your reaction thread.

Remember when Khavon Moore was the highest recruit that Texas Tech ever landed? Well that lasted a whole nine months. Just a short while ago, Jahmius Ramsey shut down his commitment and pledged to the Red Raiders in Lubbock.

Here are his measurables and what his recruitment looked like:

Jahmius Ramsey – Shooting Guard (Duncanville HS, Duncanville, TX)

Height Weight
6’4″ 190 lbs

Ratings: 97 by 247sports (34th overall, 6th CG) / 89 by ESPN (28th overall, 5th SG) / 4-stars by Rivals (39th overall, 6th SG) / 98.75 by 247composite (33rd overall, 6th CG)

Interest: Texas Tech (Warm), Memphis (Warm), Louisville (Warm), Miami (Cool), Indiana (Cool), 22 offers

There’s a long timeline for the commitment of Jahmius Ramsey, as there is any highly rated recruit, so we’ll just cut to when he listed his top groups. We don’t exactly know when Ramsey received a Tech offers, but in mid-August he listed Texas Tech among his Top 10 schools.

Typically when you’re in a Top 10 or Top 12 list for a recruit, you don’t pay too much attention to it. Probably even more so considering they were in a ton of top recruits’ top lists. However, we started noticing that Ramsey had legitimate interest in Tech later in the month.

Evan Daniels of 247sports reported that Ramsey would take five official visits, including his first one to Texas Tech the week of the Lamar game. He visited with fellow Texas Tech (and signee on Nov. 14) Kevin McCullar along with a couple other highly rated recruits, who would commit to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

After the visit, Chris Beard continued to be a presence with consistent visits with Ramsey. Despite his visits to Indiana, Louisville, Memphis and Miami, predictions from 247sports and Rivals continued to switch their predictions to the Red Raiders.

We started to see even more signs later on, with Ramsey moving back to the metroplex (Duncanville) and recruiting writers talking about Tech having a great shot to land Ramsey, like Corey Evans of Rivals.

We didn’t hear anything for a while until Ramsey told Eric Bossi of Rivals he named his Top 3 of Louisville, Memphis and Texas Tech and was committing soon. Then, this morning, he dropped a video declaring that he was committing to the Red Raiders.

Below are a few highlight films. The first showcases his athleticism, speed and shot making ability. The second shows his defensive presence.

When a recruit is listed in Top 40 among every recruiting service, you know he’s athletic.  He’s quick, had a good vertical and is strong. He is aggressive in driving to the paint and doesn’t lack confidence doing so.

That being said, he also is good at finding the open man, despite his want to finish at the rim. If I had to list a weakness, I’d say his outside shooting, where he hasn’t had the best shooting percentage at times.

However, what I like most about Ramsey is his junk yard dog mentality. You saw it in the second video, but the best clip is this one right here. The passion to dive on the floor just to save your team a position is something not all big time players have. To make that play even more impressive, he had surgery on his face two days prior.

Everybody knows you have to play good defense to play for Coach Beard. Ramsey with his blocking ability and quick hands will hound you all day and steal your freaking dinner. I’m more excited thinking about the possible defensive highlights from him.

Links & Quotes: There’s not going to be any updated links right away because he just committed and I have to work at 11 a.m., but I know my dude Carlos Silva of the Lubbock AJ and likely 247sports and Rivals will have something.

That being said, here are some great stories and quotes on Ramsey’s skills and Texas Tech from previous stories. Rivals was all over this so shout-out to them.

  • Corey Evans of Rivals broke down his recruitment in August, but had a great quote about what he can do on the basketball court.

Ramsey is a do-it-all guard that can play all three spots on the perimeter and on either end of the floor. He is an above the rim athlete that boasts a developed feel for the game where he can create for himself and his teammates, though he might be of even greater value on the defensive end thanks to his motor, length and quickness.

  • Eric Bossi of Rivals talked with Ramsey just four days ago about his recruitment. I missed it for my Possible Red Raiders update (S/O to 47pshide for the heads up) but here’s what he had to say about Tech.

They have been all out, doing whatever they can to try and get me. They say that it could be my team, my show and that I’ll have the ball in my hands. I could come in and play through mistakes without having to look over my shoulder or anything like that.

Playing for Drive Nation this summer, Ramsey averaged 15.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 20 games in the Nike EYBL. Overall Ramsey shot 33-percent from three, but made 13-for-27 three-pointers in the Nike Peach Jam event.

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Finally, here’s your 2019 recruiting class so far. As good as the last class was, this class may be better. Tech has six scholarships available for next year (Francis, Mooney, Odiase, Owens, plus one saved for McCullar and one open from Webster transferring out).

Right now the class sits at four. Tech has room for two more, and maybe another given that Jarrett Culver may go pro and/or a scholarship player with few minutes transfers out. It also should be mentioned his Duncanville teammate is 2020 high 4-star SF who is very interested in Tech.

Name (Position) Ratings (247composite) Measurables
Kevin McCullar 90.75 (3*, 170th HS in 2019) 6-6, 180 lbs
Khalid Thomas 90.00 (3*, 2nd JUCO in 2019) 6-9, 210 lbs
Russel Tchewa NR (NR) 7-0, 215 lbs
Jahmius Ramsey 98.75 (4*, 33rd HS in 2019) 6-4, 190 lbs

Get Your Guns Up, Jahmius!!!

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