Jayhawks land ND transfer Ragone

Upon his hiring, Charlie Weis made no secret of the fact he wanted to find a way to provide the Kansas Jayhawks with an immediate boost to their personnel profile. By now, it's probably safe to say he's succeeded.

It began with a splash, and the addition of high-profile talents Dayne Crist, Jake Heaps and Justin McCay to the roster. But the process has continued in recent weeks, with the addition of Nebraska defensive end Josh Williams, Notre Dame linebacker Anthony McDonald and, most recently, his once and future teammate tight end Mike Ragone.

Kansas Athletics announced Tuesday the former four-star prospect - who has already completed his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame - had officially signed his grant-in-aid paperwork with Kansas, and will be eligible to play out his senior season for the Jayhawks in 2012.

A 6-foot-4, 262-pound tight end, Ragone was lauded for his speed and athleticism as a prep prospect out of Camden Catholic in Cherry Hill, N.J. Unfortunately, during his five years in South Bend, Ind. he was forced to work through a pair of season-ending knee injuries - the first in 2008, which caused him to miss the entire season, and the second last season during the third game of the year.

Even so, he represents an excellent pick up for the Jayhawks, who are looking to replace four-year starter Tim Biere. Weis has brought a major influx of talent to the position, when one also factors in Class of 2012 signees Charles Brooks, a JUCO prospect, and prepster Jordan Smith.

Ragone played in 37 games during his time with the Fighting Irish, grabbing 11 catches for 109 yards.

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