Ragland Continues to Explore Options

Mullen (Col.) offensive tackle Charles Ragland has been receiving most of his recruiting attention late in the season. Nonetheless, this hasn't hurt his prospects as he is being pursued by Pac-10 and Big 12 programs. Last weekend, Ragland continued his official visit circuit in Tempe and talked to Devils Digest about his time there.

"It was a great visit," said the 6-8 285 Charles Ragland. "I loved the stadium and facilities, we ate well and everybody showed us a good time."

Ragland was hosted by Andrew Sampson, an offensive lineman from Colorado himself who redshirted his freshman year for Arizona State, and was most impressed by the academic support at ASU.

"The way they have it set up with all the tutors and the help they give you, is what I need," stated Ragland.

When watching game film of the Sun Devils, Ragland said that he couldn't help notice how well the offensive line communicated with each other and remarked "they always coach each other and tell each other what to, and I like that."

The Mullen lineman indicated that he would like to improve on his footwork and speed, as well his strength. However he does list his better attributes as: "pass protection and running counter plays."

The Mustangs finished 11-2 and won the state's 5A title.

Ragland visited Colorado State on Dec. 5th and will trip to Cal, who offered him just days ago on the 19th of the month. Kansas State on January 16th is currently scheduled to be his last official visit destination. Ragland also has an offer from Colorado but no official visit has been planned yet to hometown school.

"My top three schools right now are Colorado State, Arizona State and Cal," commented Ragland. "I might make a decision after the Cal visit…we'll see."

The lineman, who's being recruited by ASU's recruiting coordinator and safeties coach Matt Lubick, was offered a scholarship by the maroon and gold last month. "I really like how Arizona State is recruiting me," said Ragland. "They're really laid back and never pressure you, but still give you a lot of information about their school and I like that."

Ragland admitted that he's leaning on wanting to play away from home, which naturally explains his number one priority when choosing a school. "Being at a place where I can be comfortable for four, five years is very important to me," said Ragland. "I want to go to a place where I can get the help I need being away from home."

Ragland carries a 3.0 GPA and plans to take the ACT test next month.


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