Ragnow Sees Rising Interest from Cal

Zach Yenser has his sights set on a big man from Minnesota, as the Bears come ever closer to offering Frank Ragnow.

At 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, Frank Ragnow already has California offensive line coach Zach Yenser's stamp of approval for an offer, but offensive coordinator Tony Franklin still wants the first-year line coach to go out and see the Chanhassen, Minn., native for himself in May, just to be sure he's as big as he's reputed to be.

Ragnow laughs, he'll either have to start eating more, or start eating less, between now and then.

"He basically said that he's going to offer me, but he's coming to my school on May 1 and they just want to make sure that I'm the size that I am, I guess, but after that, he said, I'll have a Cal offer."

Yenser told Ragnow that he liked the fact that, despite playing in a Power-I-based offense, he moved well in space.

"They liked how I'm a really good run blocker, and he said that one of their goals is to be one of the more conditioned teams in the Pac-12, and they like to run a lot," Ragnow said. "He said that he likes me because I can block in space."

Ragnow is a lifetime "big" Minnesota Vikings fan, but although he's seen Cal alum Aaron Rodgers "way too much" with the Green Bay Packers, he nevertheless respects the fact that the Bears have a history of putting players in the NFL.

"That's big-time," Ragnow said. "One of my dreams is to play in the NFL, and seeing a lot of guys make it to the NFL out of there is a big thing."

The offer-in-waiting would be the first offer West of the Mississippi for Ragnow, but he said that he's had plenty of experience with the Bears just by being an observer of college football.

"I kind of follow all of college football, so I know they've always been a pretty good team," Ragnow said. "I really like Cal, and I really liked talking to him (Yenser). He's a pretty straight-up guy, and he doesn't like to beat around the bush. Cal is on the West Coast, it's a good football school, and I think it's really exciting."

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