Ragnow the Terrible. Sounds like he should be a Viking warlord. But, no, Frank Ragnow is just an offensive tackle out of Chanhassen, Minn. -- though he is a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings -- an on Monday, became California's latest offeree.
"It was everything I'd hoped for and more," Ragnow said. "Coach Yenser is a really good guy."
Ragnow – a 6-foot-6, 285-pound three-star prospect – bumped into Bears offensive line coach Zach Yenser on his high school campus on Monday, and later received his coveted Cal offer that's been a month in the making.
"He told me that I looked really good, and he talked about all of the business opportunities at Cal, and then just how I've earned the right to get a scholarship from Cal," said Ragnow, who, after the offer, watched a video about the program and the school. "It was everything about Cal, about their academics, from their guys in the NFL to the stadium renovations – everything like that."
While Ragnow is more than familiar with one of the Bears' most prominent professional alumnus -- Aaron Rodgers -- as well as other Cal alums in the NFC North such as Chris Conte, Jahvid Best and Jeremy Ross, he didn't know before watching the video just how many linemen the Bears have put in the league, including two Cleveland Browns (Mitchell Schwartz and Alex Mack), Justin Cheadle (Pittsburgh Steelers), Brian De La Puente (New Orleans Saints), Mike Gibson (Arizona Cardinals) and the recently-drafted Brian Schwenke (Tennessee Titans).
"I had no clue," Ragnow said.
The most impressive part of the offer and his early research into the Bears goes far beyond the football field, for Ragnow.
"I just thought that the business character and the life after college from Cal was really impressive," he said.
Despite his northern roots, Ragnow said he's open to coming out west, and that Cal has made a big leap.
"I'm pretty open right now, but I'd say that I'm pretty high on Cal," Ragnow said. "I'm open to anywhere. It doesn't really matter."
Ragnow plans to "definitely" come out to visit Yenser and the rest of the staff later this summer.
While Ragnow's team does not have a spring practice regimen, he has had several coaches come out to visit, including Nebraska, South Florida, Florida State, Pitt, Indiana and Minnesota.
Ragnow Talks Cal Offer
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