#26 Nick Ramirez
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Nick Ramirez (Sept. 10, 1994) is freshman linebacker with a receding hairline who is one of my favorite players in the 2013 class almost solely because he decommitted from Missouri after a hasty decision and picked us instead.
I don't love him just for his Pinkel-spurning ways, though. He's also an excellent and capable player. Rivals.com rated him the 11th best linebacker nationally in his class and the third-best player in the state of Missouri.
He was named to the MaxPreps 2012 Missouri Preseason All-State team prior to his senior season and to The Kansas City Star's All-Metro second team as a linebacker following the 2012 season.
Ramirez was selected to play in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.. He notched 115 tackles as a junior while leading the Titans to a 12-1 finish.
He was named a first-team all-state linebacker by ESPNHS following his junior season in 2011, and helped Lee's Summit West to win a 5A State championship as a sophomore in 2010, registering 130 tackles and seven sacks.
I was delighted to learn earlier this summer that the initial plan to grayshirt Ramirez and delay his full enrollment until spring 2014 had been scrapped due to available scholarships. But I still expect him to redshirt this season.