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Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey offers no apologies for trash talking

PINEHURST, N.C. -- It's hard to quiet Jalen Ramsey. Florida State's star junior is almost never at a loss for words.

He was more than a few times Monday, though his body language and silence left no need for his voice.

He was asked if there is anything off limits when it comes to his trash talking, which he became notorious for in 2014. He offered a stare and a shake of the head.

What about moms? Girlfriends? Even Granny? All fair game?

"Yeah," Ramsey replied.

"Ever said anything you wish you could take back?"

"Nope," Ramsey said.

"Who's the best at giving it back?" a reporter asked.

He offers no answer initially. "Who was pretty decent at giving trash talk back ..." Ramsey asked himself, setting up an answer he will deliver after an 11-second pause, "... nobody. When you're winning they can't say anything back."

Ramsey said there isn't another Florida State player with such a talent for the objectionable either. He'll praise the Florida State roster as the country's most talented, but asked if there is anyone with such a thick vocabulary of the unpalatable, he said there's no one on the Seminoles who can keep pace. They too are forced to eat their words after enough repetitions across from the preseason All-ACC cornerback.

"Jalen don't give anybody credit," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I'm telling you now. He's hardcore."

Often compared to Seminoles great and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders for his skill and smack talk, Ramsey doesn't have the off-field, Prime Time persona. His father, Lamont, called his son a homebody who avoids the night life.

His personality flips once the cleats come on, though. A junkie for competition -- he's an NCAA finalist in the long jump, too -- Fisher said Ramsey will sneak back into plays during practice when he's supposed to be resting.

"When I'm out on the field, that's what I love to do," Ramsey said. "That is literally my passion, so I just let it all go."

Including the barrage of trash talk, which he lets fly, too. And he welcomes opponents to try and compete.

"Once they're talking back and then they slowly start to not talk back, it lets me know 'OK I got him now.'"