COLUMBIA — Lee’s Summit West linebacker Nick Ramirez decommitted from Missouri on Tuesday, just eight months after he gave the Tigers his pledge during the spring game.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
“I just want to make Mizzou is the right place for me,” said Ramirez, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound four-star prospect according to Rivals.com. “I haven’t visited many colleges, and I probably made my decision a little too early.”
Ramirez said he hasn’t eliminated the Tigers as a potential suitor. After making an official visit to Kansas State on Dec. 1, he plans to visit both Purdue and Missouri, with the latter coming sometime in January.
“I just think that with all the success they’ve been having lately, I need to check them out,” Ramirez said of Kansas State. “And Purdue, their academics are really good. I think it’s a unique place.”
Ramirez was in Columbia on Saturday, when he and Lee’s Summit West teammate Jamone Boyd — another four-star senior prospect — watched MU fall to 5-6 overall with a 31-27 loss to Syracuse. Ramirez says he’d like to attend the same school as Boyd, a 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive end. Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri are among the schools that have made offers to both of them.
Ramirez says he’ll also be looking at a team’s style of play and depth chart when making a decision, though he is not sure if he’ll make an announcement before signing day.
“I’ll look to see how bad the team needs me, how much they want a guy like me to go there,” Ramirez said. “I don’t want to go to a team that stacked with linebackers so I’m not going to play until senior year.”