December 17, 2008

Ragland stock soaring

Denver (Colo.) Mullen safety Charles Ragland has been an off the radar recruit until recently.

Ragland made the move from the defensive tackle to offensive tackle this season. Ragland earned second-team all-Centennial League honors this fall and his team won the 5A state championship.

"I moved from defensive tackle to left tackle this season," Ragland said. "I love it. It is much better for me."

Ragland reports scholarship offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and New Mexico. He officially visited Colorado State the weekend of December 6th and he visited Arizona State this past weekend.

"My visit was great," Ragland said. "Oh yeah I had a real good time. We got in on Friday night and went out for dinner with everyone that night. On Saturday we went over to the stadium and they show us the facilities and then we got a tour of the campus. We also got to talk to some of the academic advisors and professors. That night we went out for dinner again and then I hung out with my host, Andrew Sampson; he is a cool guy.

"On Sunday I watched film with Coach Smith. I also got to talk to the coaches. Coach Erickson and Coach Lubick told me that they needed tackles bad. They said I would have a chance to play. I like the way ASU handled the whole weekend. I was impressed with the academic support. It's about academics and football there."

Matt Lubick is recruiting Ragland to Arizona State.

"I like ASU's approach," Ragland said. "They offered me back before playoffs. They don't pressure you.

"I didn't really think about committing. I want to take a few more visits. This week I supposed to go to Cal. I don't know too much about them. I know it's a big time school and that you have to be really smart to get in there. Coach (Al) Simmons is recruiting me. I know its and next month I might be going to go to K-State. That is pretty late in the process so I don't know."

Ragland plans on majoring in Sports Medicine. He has 3.0 GPA, he already taken the ACT but wants to improve his score and plans to take it after Christmas break.

The 6-foot-8, 285-pounder runs a 5.1 electronic 40-yard dash. He currently is playing basketball for Mullen.

"My top four is Cal, ASU, K-State and CSU," Ragland said. "I would say that ASU is on type right now because of their program. I would put CSU as a close second though. I think I would rather go out of state. I thinking I might have a decision before Christmas but it might be after the break."

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