All Chris Ragget wanted was a chance to prove himself.
The University of Arkansas is giving him that.
Raggett (5-11, 190, 4.5), who visited Fayetteville this past weekend, received a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks on Tuesday and promptly committed.
He had been committed to McNeese State, but Arkansas, Texas A&M and Baylor had all been sniffing around at the end.
"McNeese is great, but I always wanted to go D-1 and believe I can play on that level," Raggett said. "Arkansas is a great program and I feel blessed to just get to visit. I just put it in God's hands."
Arkansas assistant Kirk Botkin got the ball rolling with Ragett, who suffered recruiting wise because he did not get to play varsity action his junior year because of transfer rules.
"Coach Botkin came to my school and really got me interested," Raggett said. "I liked what he had to say so I had to come up on a visit and check it out."
Arkansas is apparently looking for Raggett to help from the last line of defense.
"They are thinking the safety position," Raggett said. "I played safety in high school so I will be use to it and just have to make the transition from the high school to college level. But I can play cornerback if that is where they need me."
Raggett knows there are things he needs to work on to be able to make an impact in the SEC.
"Coming from high school, you have to get bigger and stronger, faster, get out of your breaks quicker – just everything," Raggett said. "I think running track this year will help with all that."
Photo Courtesy of Mark M. Hancock of the Beaumont Enterprise
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