Ragin Picks BYU

Wilsonville (Ore.) outside linebacker Johnny Ragin made the decision to end his recruiting process Thursday night, committing to BYU…

As recently as last night, Wilsonville (Ore.) outside linebacker Johnny Ragin III was planning on another official visit and taking some time to make a decision. That changed Thursday evening.

"My mom and I sat down and talked about things," said Ragin. "We compared things with BYU and other schools. We felt like it was the right place to be."

So with a decision made, Ragin picked up the phone and called the coaches that had been recruiting him.

"Coach Poppinga first, then I called Mendenhall after," said Ragin. "They were really happy to have me on board. They think I can be really successful."

With offers from schools like California, Nevada and Oregon State, Ragin talked about what and when BYU separated from the pack.

"I been thinking about BYU for a while, everything came together tonight when we had a talk tonight about pros and cons," said Ragin. "I felt like now was the best time."

Ragin's high school teammate, wide receiver Tanner Shipley, is also committed to BYU. He talked about how much that factored into his decision.

"It was a factor, it wouldn't have pushed me over the top or anything," said Ragin. "Now that I have committed, that is just icing on the cake that one of my best friends is going there too."

Ragin has the size at 6'3" 215lbs and the speed to play multiple positions on defense, but BYU is sure of where they want to use him.

"They see me as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense," said Ragin. "Similar to Kyle Van Noy."

Ragin talked about what it feels like to finally have his decision made.

"I mean this whole process has been a blessing, I enjoy talking to you guys and to coaches," said Ragin. "It's a weight lifted off my back to have the decision made."


Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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