December 31, 2010

Never a doubt for Ragland

For Bob Jones 2012 linebacker Reggie Ragland, it wasn't a matter of "if" but "when" with respect to the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder's inevitable commitment to Alabama.

He ended his brief recruitment with a call to Tide coach Nick Saban around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon - not that the outcome was ever in doubt.

"I had really been feeling Alabama for a long time, but the last several days I just thought it was time to get it done," said Ragland who picked the Tide over offers from Auburn and Kentucky. "I am so comfortable with the school and coaches like Coach Sal (Sunseri) and Coach Saban. They have been real good to me, and I just thought it was time. There was nothing special about when I committed, but I know there are a lot of other guys in my class that plan on rolling with the Tide, and I want to help them bring in a special class."

Ragland's size and athleticism brings up a debate as to which side of the ball he could end up.

"I don't really care to be honest. I will play wherever they need me, but they have told me linebacker all along and I have always been a fan of guys like Rolando McClain and Demeco Ryans and want to pattern the way I play after them," said Ragland. "I want to make an impact wherever I play, and I think I could play tight end or linebacker."

According to his position coach at Bob Jones, Ragland's foot speed sets him apart from other jumbo-size linebackers.

"He can run a legit 4.55 or 4.6 40-yard dash, and anyone who has ever seen him play basketball knows he can dunk like he isn't even trying," said Coach Jimmy Nave. "He is a special athlete, and when you have someone that is 240 pounds or so that can run, you are talking NFL-type ability. I don't know what Alabama is going to do with him to be honest because he has the size and athleticism to do so many things. A lot will depend on his weight when he reports to college, and once he concentrates on one position at the next level, he is really going to take offer."

Ragland rolled up 91 tackles as a junior.

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