Alabama All-Star: Reggie Ragland
"It was great to get invited to the game," said Reggie Ragland of his Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game invite. "It's good knowing a lot of great players who have come through have also played in this game. I am very honored.
"We have to go out there and win this game. We can't let Mississippi beat us. We have too much talent not to win."
Ragland will also play in in the Under Armour All-America game in January. He is the nation's No. 1 middle linebacker prospect.
Ragland visited Tuscaloosa this past weekend.
"The visit was really nice," he said. "I talked to some of the players. My mom met coach Saban for the first time. She loved it. That was only her second time ever going down there. She didn't get to meet coach Saban the first time she went.
"She really likes the way he acts. Of course the first thing she wanted to know is if coach Saban was going to make sure I am going to class. He broke everything down for her. He told her they have a point system for each player. You have to have a certain amount of points to play on Saturdays. She was really happy with it."
Ragland spent time with several future teammates and other top recruits.
"I hung out with Tyler Hayes," he said. "He is real cool. I talked to Deon Bush. Hopefully Deon will come on board with us. The way he was talking he seemed to have a great time. I hope he joins us.
"I talked to Justin [Thomas] from Prattville. I also talked to Jameis Winston. I was surprised to see him there. We were messing around with each other. Those were really the main guys I was around."
The elite in-state prospect will return to Tuscaloosa for the Tennessee and LSU games.
"I know we started out kind of slow in the past two games, but when they turned it on they really turned it on," Ragland said. "Maybe they can turn it on a little bit faster. The defense always shows up. I feel like both sides of the ball are playing really well."
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