Ragland notes he liked the win, but says he hopes to see his team play better football in the coming weeks. "I'm excited about some of the stuff we are doing, but as a team as a whole we have to play much better because a lot of people think that we are not that good."
If the Patriots do improve, he predicts that they can make a run in the state 6A playoffs and get to the championship game scheduled for Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium. "I think we can win it all if we play up to our potential," he says.
Asked for a self-assessment on his performance so far during his junior season, Ragland says, "I think that I have played okay."
Ragland is shown in action vs. Buckhorn High.
A player who could probably handle a variety of positions on a football field at 6-4, 245 pounds with good speed and agility, Ragland has a favorite spot. "I definitely like playing linebacker," he says. "I love hitting people and don't want to get hit."
Ragland says that he is working on his pass drops and using his hands to shed blockers in an effort to become better at his position.
The junior also excels in basketball. He is a key player on a team that is expected to make a run at the state title this coming season and is a college prospect in that sport, too. However, he notes that unless he grows taller he figures football is the way to go in college.
If he decides to play more than one sport in college, he says that baseball makes more sense than football. "There is such an overlap in the football and basketball seasons it would be difficult to do both in college," he points out. "I like baseball and might try that in college. I am a centerfielder."
Ragland, who has visited Auburn and Alabama this year, says he is looking at both of the in-state programs and may be in Tuscaloosa this weekend to check out the Ole Miss at Alabama game and a week later he may be in Auburn to see the Tigers take on LSU.