Ragin hoping for Cougar scholarship

Outside linebacker and running back Johnny Ragin will be flying out from Oregon to visit BYU in order to attend Junior Day on June 13. The 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound Ragin is considered among the top prospects in the state of Oregon by Scout recruiting analyst Chris Fetters.

A two-way player for Wilsonville head coach Adam Guenther, Johnny Ragin has been recruited by BYU assistant coach Kelly Popping for some time now. Now the linebacker/running back will reciprocate the interest by paying a visit to BYU next month.

"Yeah everything is going good," Ragin said. "I'll be heading out to Utah the night of June 12th and participate in the June 13th Junior Day activities. They're going to give us a tour of the campus and facilities, but I'm excited to speak with Coach Mendenhall when I'm down there. I'm excited to speak with him and he seems like a great guy and a great coach. I've heard a lot about him and a lot about what BYU has to offer."

This will be the first time Ragin has ever been to Utah, so the thought of visiting the campus, touring the facilities and meeting with the coaches is cause for excitement. However, what Ragin is really excited about is the possibility of receiving a scholarship offer.

"I'm getting a good feeling about BYU and the coaches have shown a lot of interest in me at the outside linebacker position," Ragin said. "I feel like an offer could come but I have to keep working hard and not get complacent. I'll be heading down with my running backs coach. He's our coach from Wilsonville and I'm excited to head down there."

Along with BYU, other colleges have been showing recent interest in the Wilsonville High School product.

"Yeah, along with BYU, Oregon and Oregon State have been showing recent interest in me," Ragin said. "A UCLA coach came by our school and let me know that they're interested in me. Boise State coaches, Portland State, North Dakota and Wyoming have also been showing me interest now."

A student with a 4.0 GPA, Ragin wants to get a better understanding of BYU's academic standards and see what the environment is like around the campus and surrounding community.

"I'm going to take into account the academic standards of BYU," Ragin said. "I also want to check out the kind of vibe I get there and see if it's a good feel or fit for me. Coach Poppinga said I could be a Kyle Van Noy type player for them. I thought that was a great compliment. I'm looking forward to heading down there and it should be a great trip."

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