On October 24, 1994 in the Nashville, Tennessee a star was born to Lamont Ramsey and Margie Tidwell. He has one older brother, Jamal Ramsey. In 2018 Jalen welcomed his first child Breelyn Ramsey to the world with Breanna Tate. Jalen was introduced to athletics at a young age by his father.
Jalen attended Brentwood Academy in Nashville where he excelled in both Track & Football. Jalen was ranked as one of the top athletes in the nation at wide receiver in addition to cornerback. He was rated a five star prospect by both Rivals and Scout and a four-star recruit according to ESPN and 247Sports. Jalen played in the US Army All-American bowl and participated in “The Opening” on the Nike campus. Overall he was ranked No. 10 on the Rivals 100, No. 14 on the ESPN 150 and a consensus top 5 selection at CB. Scouting services listed him cornerback No. 2 by Scout, No. 3 by Rivals, No. 4 by ESPN and No. 5 by 247Sports. Jalen won Tennessee Gatorade Male Athlete of the year 2013 and was the consensus top recruit coming out of Tennessee his Senior Season.
ESPN listed Ramsey with a 4.54 time in the 40, a 40.9-inch vertical and a 130.32 SPARQ rating. He originally committed to USC but chose FSU over the Trojans, Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Miami and more than 20 other schools.
Florida State University Seminole
As a Freshman Jalen started all 14 games for the Seminoles third-ranked defense (281.4) and the nation’s top pass defense (156.6) at cornerback and free safety. His first career start came at Pitt on Sept. 2, making him the first true freshman to start at cornerback since Deion Sanders in 1985. He Started the first three games of the season at cornerback before moving to Starting Safety following a injury to a teammate. Jalen finished his Freshman Year as First Team College Football News Freshman All-American, First Team CampusInsiders.com Freshman All-American, & First Team 247Sports.com True Freshman All-American Team. The Seminoles went on to become the 2013 BCS National Champions.
- College Football News Freshman All-America First Team
- CampusInsiders.com Freshman All-America First Team
- 247Sports.com True Freshman All-America First Team
As a Sophomore and Preseason All-American Jalen established himself as one of the nation’s top defensive backs in 2014. He started all 14 games at the Star position in the secondary to increase his streak to 28 career starts. He garnered several All-America honors in addition to All-ACC First Team accolades. He ranked fourth among Seminoles with 79 tackles and second in tackles for loss (9.5). Jalen was the team leader with 12 pass break-ups to go along with two interceptions. Overall he ranked second in the ACC with 12 total PBUs and fifth in passes defended per game (1.00). Jalen earned three national defensive player of the week honors for his performance at Miami where he registered three tackles, a tackle for loss, forced a fumble on the Hurricanes’ first offensive play, broke up four passes, blocked a kick and sealed the win with an interception. He also opened the year with a career-high 12 tackles against Oklahoma State. Jalen finished his Sophomore campaign All-ACC First Team, USA Today All America First Team, Scout.com All-America First Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team, FWAA All-America Second Team.
- All-ACC First Team (Media/Coaches)
- USA Today All-America First Team
- Scout.com All-America First Team
- Associated Press All-America Second Team
- FWAA All-America Second Team
Jalen in his final season became Florida State’s 36th consensus All-American. He started all 13 games at boundary cornerback while also returning kickoffs. Jalen finished the season with 52 tackles, four TFLs, one sack, one fumble recovery and a team-high 10 pass break-ups. At seasons end he was Thorpe Award, Bednarik Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist. Jalen was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week twice. He led the FSU defense to a top-10 finish in total defense, a top-15 finish in pass efficiency defense, and top-25 finish in passing yards allowed. Ramsey finished his career with 180 tackles (119 solo), 15.5 TFLs, five sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 23 pass break-ups to go along with three interceptions. He started all 41 games in his three years at Florida State. Jalen decided to forego his final year of eligibility in 2016 and declare for the NFL Draft. He was named the team’s Defensive MVP at the end of the year banquet and one of four permanent captains in 2015. Ramsey finished the season All-ACC First Team, Consensus All-American, AFCA First Team All-American, Walter Camp First Team All-American, ESPN.com First Team All-American.
- All-America Candidate
- Jim Thorpe Award Candidate
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy Candidate
- All-ACC First Team (Media & Coaches)
- Consensus All-American
- AFCA First Team All-American
- Walter Camp First Team All-American
- ESPN.com First Team All-American
After one of the more decorated 3 seasons at Florida State University Jalen Declared for the 2016 NFL draft. During the pre-draft process Jalen trained with his Dad’s RPT and went on to become one of the Top Performers at the 2016 NFL Combine. Jalen was selected 5th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jalen Started every contest his Rookie Season and was an Rookie Defensive Player of the Year Finalist. Pro Football Focus ranked Jalen as a Top Graded Cornerback in passes defensed as a Rookie Defensive Back. According to @PFF Jalen was the highest graded Cornerback in the NFL the last 4 weeks of the 2016-17 NFL Season only allowing 24.1 QB rating.
Jalen hit the ground running in the 2017 NFL season helping the Jaguars become one of the Top Ranked NFL defenses. Jalen was a key component on The Jaguars Defensive Unit that helped them reach The AFC Championship game. Ramsey finished the season First Team All-Pro Cornerback along with a Pro-Bowl selection. The NFL Players also voted him #17 on the NFL Top 100 Players List.