BTC: What's Under the Hood

We break down what makes Cal's latest commit -- Johnny Ragin III -- tick in this premium scouting report edition of Beyond the Commitment, with a BONUS report from Greg Biggins.

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The scouting report on Johnny Ragin is a simple one: He will out-work anybody.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder is well put-together, and has nary an ounce of bad weight on his body. He may not be the fleetest of foot, with a 4.63 40 time, clocked three months ago, but he won't go near any junk food, he's religious about his workout regimen and intensely focused.

"I put myself in the best position I can, to do all the things that I'd like to do, so eating right, training hard -- I'm just trying to do everything to set myself up for later in life," Ragin says.


Beyond the football field, Ragin is an exceptional student, with a 3.972 GPA (only so low, he says, because his Spanish 4 teacher last semester gave him his first B+ since seventh grade), and is taking "a broad spectrum" of classes, including Advanced Placement Geography, English Literature and World Cultures.

Not only is Ragin a physical freak, but he has an analytical mind, as well.

Ragin starred on both side of the ball for Wilsonville (Ore.) last season, plowing the way as a fullback for BYU running back commit Tanner Shipley. Ragin carried the ball 19 times for 161 yards, but helped Shipley break free for 1,392 on 139 touches. He also caught passes out of the backfield, showing a superior ability to read defenses and find seams, hauling in nine passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns


"I just did what I could," Ragin laughs.

Ragin is a heavy hitter with plus explosion and a quick first step, which makes him very adaptable to any situation, on both sides of the ball, though Cal is planning on him becoming a strong side outside linebacker. Being a pass-catching fullback, his tape shows that he will have a big advantage in the ball skills department. He can read and react to a ball in flight as well as a receiver, and on the other side of the ball, he's going to know what he's looking for in coverage.

"Coming out of high school, I have a lot of things to prove, and I just need to get down there and put in the work and earn everything I get," says Ragin. "I believe they like just my versatility at the outside linebacker position. I can pass rush, pass drop and I can run stop, as well. They can use me in a lot of ways at that position, and they feel like I have a lot of potential, and I can't wait to get down there and get to work."

On defense this season, he had 55 tackles and six sacks for -33 yards, with four hurries, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery. Ragin's strength is his hands. He can shed blockers both inside and out, and he rarely loses his quarry once he's latched on.

Greg Biggins says ... "Wilsonville (Ore.) linebacker Johnny Ragin is one of the most under-rated prospects in the entire West region. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he has ideal size to play outside linebacker and the athleticism to match. He can really run to the football and has the feet and lateral mobility of a safety. He lit up the NIKE Camp at Oregon showing a great feel for coverage and is about as good a cover 'backer as you'll see in the region. He earned an invite to The Opening in July and showed he belonged with the nation's best having a very good week of competition. Ragin has a lot of tools that project well to the next level and it's his ability to play so well in space that makes him a very nice pickup for the Bears." Top Stories