Reggie Ragland returns from official visit

Reggie Ragland, five-star linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., is one of Tide's top recruiters. The Alabama commitment took an official visit this weekend trying to increase his class of 2012.

"The visit was real good," said Reggie Ragland. "I got to hang out with all those guys. My mom got time to relax and have fun. We hung out with guys on the team and the guys who were there visiting.

"We got to go over to coach Saban's house and have a good time. For the most part it was a lot of fun. We had a good time over at coach Saban's house. We rode the 'Gators and saw his boat. It was cool.

Ragland was hosted by a Tide freshman who is also a great recruiter for the University of Alabama.

"Vinnie Sunseri was my host," he said. "I always try to hang out with him when I am there. He is a cool guy. He has a good head on his shoudlers. He tells me not to get caught up in the party life. He tells me to come here work hard and good things will happen."

Ragland discussed his National 100 friends Jameis Winston and T.J. Yeldon who were also in town for their official visits.

"I had a lot of fun with all those guys," Ragland said. "It's funny because all of us are about 6-foot-3 and huge, but we are nothing but a bunch of little kids inside big bodies. We had a lot of fun. I had a real good time with those guys.

"We tried to recruit those guys real hard. It's kind of hard sometimes to get in their head when they have everyone coming at them. I think there is a chance we get both of them. I definitely think T.J. should come. The success Alabama has had at running back the past few years he will have a chance to perform well and then go to the league. I think with Jameis, the coaches will change the offense up for him."

Ragland is rated the nation's No. 1 middle linebacker. The coaching staff brought up another position this weekend.

"I spent a lot of time with coach Sal, but everyone was talking to each other," Ragland said. "They want me to come in and start out at Jack. They actually said I could possibly play tight end. If it helps me get on the field I'll play wherever they need me.

"Coach Saban and I talked about the BCS stuff. We also talked about the Rolando McClain stuff. He asked me if I still wanted to play linebacker or if I want to play tight end. We talked about life in general."

Ragland also gave his thoughts on the BCS Championship game.

"I think it's crazy," he said. "If Oklahoma State gets picked I don't think anyone will watch it. I think if the BCS wants more money they should put Bama in it. Nobody wants to watch a team that got beat by Iowa State. It's up to the voters though."

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