BYU to receive visit from Oregon linebacker

There are three linebackers the Cougars are looking at in the state of Oregon. One is Jeff Williams, another is Evan Colorito, and the third will be making his way to Provo in June to visit BYU's Junior Day.

Coming in at about 6 feet 3 inches and 210 pounds, Johnny Ragin is a two-way player for his high school football team. Last year as a defender, he recorded 42 tackles, four sacks for a loss of 26 yards, and seven pass deflections.

As a running back he ran the ball 43 times for 324 yards and three touchdowns. He also hauled in 11 receptions for 95 yards and three touchdowns.

On Monday he visited Oregon State.

"I came down to Oregon State to watch practice, learn more about their program and check out the campus and facilities," said Ragin. "I want to see what they have to offer here. It's a nice place and I'm getting a lot of interest from them. I think they're liking me as an athlete right now and haven't really specified on which side of the ball they would like me to play. Things are looking pretty good."

About a week ago, BYU outside linebacker coach Kelly Poppinga visited Ragin's school to watch him and his teammates run through a workout and some position drills.

"It was great," Ragin said. "Coach Poppinga came out and he watched us run through some routes and we showed him some footwork. We let him know what we have to offer. We ran some short routes and got a chance to show him some of our speed. Afterwards, we went through some footwork drills to show him our hip flexibility and our hip mobility.

According to Ragin, he was able to raise his stock with his performance.

"Coach Poppinga said that before the workout I was in the number five recruiting spot. Now after the workout he said I'm in competition for the number one spot at the outside linebacker position. I was happy to hear that.

"I'm battling with Evan Colorito for that number one spot. I'm looking forward to just battling it out. It's kind of awesome that we have two linebackers from Oregon making an impact in the Northwest."

While he plays both offense and defense in high school, BYU is recruiting him for defense.

"Yeah, BYU is looking at me as an outside linebacker similar to Kyle Van Noy, is what Coach Poppinga said," Ragin stated. "He was intrigued and impressed and wants to get me down on campus as soon as possible and get me down on Junior Day on June 13th. He wants to get me on campus and show me around."

Ragin will visit BYU's Junior Day prior to the summer camp to further make his case.

"I'm planning on heading out there for their Junior Day and will run through some drills and kind of get familiar with the coaches," he said. "I want to show them what I have and why I'm the best fit for them at outside linebacker."


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