Reggie Ragland's busy summer

Reggie Ragland, five-star middle linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., is anxious to begin his senior season. He stayed busy this summer with football, basketball and a trip to Oregon. The Tide commitment has also been helping recruit players to Tuscaloosa. Ragland talked with Andrew Bone about possible future teammates and more here...

"We are ready to get started," Reggie Ragland said of fall practice. "I feel like we have a good chance this year. We are going to be real strong on defense. We pretty much have everyone returning on defense except two players.

"We want to get turnovers in every game. We want to limit an offense to maybe 100 yards passing. We are going to do everything we can to limit them from scoring.

"Personally I would like to have over 100 tackles this year. I want to have 10 sacks. I would like to have at least 50 yards in tackles for losses. I want to have five interceptions. I want to set big goals for this year."

Ragland isn't the 250-pound beast he was a few months ago. He has lost weight, but has definite goals before he arrives at the University of Alabama.

"I am down to 238-pounds," he said. "I was wanting to lose some weight, but I didn't know I would lose this much. I am moving faster and hitting hard. After the season I am going to get on a big diet and add it back. I want to get a lot bigger like Dont'a Hightower."
Ragland was one of the elite recruits who attended 'The Opening' in Oregon. He talked about his experience and the lasting impression.

"The Opening was really nice," said Ragland. "I have been to some football things, but Nike really laid it out for us. They had all the gear for us plus the NFL players. It makes me want to work harder.

"One day I would love to come back like Aaron Curry and help out high school players. That stuff really opened my eyes. I feel like I will have a chance to do that one day if I work hard enough.

"I hung out with Kaiwan Lewis, Kwontie Moore, Nelson Agholor and Zach Banner I have known Kwontie Moore for a long time. He is originally from Huntsville before he moved to Virginia. I roomed with Kwon [Alexander]. Of course I am always in his ear about coming to Bama."

Ragland hasn't been shy about trying to recruit players as future teammates. Winston and Kwon Alexander are two of the in-staters who have been on his list since their recruitiment. Winston, who is visiting Tuscaloosa Thursday, will make his commitment next week.

"I already know where Jameis is going," Ragland stated. "He told me where he is going last night. I know he is down at Alabama right now. I told him I wouldn't tell anyone.

"I am real excited about his decision. I am going to be excited no matter where he or Kwon goes to school. They both have to make the best decisions for themselves. It's an exciting time for Jameis."

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