Reggie Ragland talks Tide camp and more

Reggie Ragland, five-star middle lineabacker from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., camped in Tuscaloosa Monday and plans to take a few visits this summer. He recently landed a Big East basketball offer. Andrew Bone has the latest news.

"I went down to Alabama today and came back," said Reggie Ragland. "I worked out. It was good. Everything was high-tempo and high-paced. Everyone was out there grinding.

"I worked out at linebacker and did some pass rushing. They want me as either a 'Sam' or 'Will'. They said maybe 'Jack'. I will probably be 260-pounds by the time I get there. They have talked about middle, but I didn't play it today.

"There was some real good competition down there. I talked to coach Saban a little bit after the camp. He told me my body looks good. He said I was moving fast. He said I was in the right places.

"Coach Sal said I was moving really fast today. He said I am a whole lot better than I was last year. Other high school coaches who were out there last year said the same thing. They said I look thinner and faster.

"It's always the same working out with coach Sal. You are always going to go out there and get after it. He was telling me I was doing well with my hips and hands. He is always stressing hands and feet."

The nation's No. 1 middle linebacker spent time with several future teammates in Tuscaloosa.

"I talked to Eddie [Williams] from Panama City," Ragland said. "I talked to the linebacker from Thomasville [Tyler Hayes] and my man from Daphne [Ryan Anderson]. I missed Dillon Lee. I have been talking to some of them a lot. I am going to talk to more of them. We are all comfortable with each other."

Ragland is eager for more camp experience and may travel to a couple before the season.

"I may go to the Florida and Miami camp," he said. "I will probably go up to Clemson for a visit. Florida State has been talking to my coach. They want me as a tight end, but I think that one is out the door. I don't know which schools have offered, but I do know West Virginia recently offered me in basketball."

Ragland talked more about the hardwood offer and hasn't decided if he will play basketball his senior year.

"The offer from West Virginia was cool," he said. "I went up there with my AAU basketball team. I guess they saw me play, and they liked me. They told me I had an offer.

"I really haven't decided yet what I am going to do next year. I may just focus on football. I want to get stronger and work hard in the weight room before I get to college. I am doing summer basketball. I think it will all just depend on how I feel after the football season."


BamaMag Top Stories