While there has been a lot of talk about the very talented offensive linemen in the state of Missouri for the class of 2014, the defensive side of the trenches has some high quality prospects as I have noted before.
The top defensive tackle prospect in the state hails from Kansas City (MO) Ruskin. Jordan Ragsdale 6'5" 265 4.9 forty is a dominant defender who could play inside in a 4-3 or possibly DE in a 3-4.
ShowMeMizzou.com has spoke with Ragsdale since last season, and got the latest regarding his recruitment.
"So far I have heard from Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, Washington and some other schools I can't think of at the moment, "said Ragsdale. " Northern Illinois and Western Illinois were the most recent one who came by my school and wanted to know about me."
One school that really stands out to Ragsdale is the University of Missouri. And it appears the feeling is mutual.
"My high school coach sent my highlight tape to Missouri and Coach Kul came by my high school two days after they saw it and talked with my coach about me. It was so exciting to know that the Tigers wanted to know about me. Mizzou is one of my favorite college teams. I can see myself playing there. I went to junior day and their spring game and loved it. I also plan on camping with them. I think if they offer me it would be hard to say no,"he said.
Ragsdale said that he talks to Coach Kul and he thinks the Tigers have a lot of interest.
"Coach Kul spent time trying to get to know me and talking about the school and my future. He said he could see me adding 50 pounds or maybe even more and keeping my athleticism and being an SEC caliber defensive tackle. I know he and Missouri have done a great job developing defensive linemen and getting them to the NFL. That's exciting to thing about. Also, when I went up there for junior day and the spring game, I really felt at home."
The one thing that is holding up a potential offer for Ragsdale is that he still has some work to do in the classroom.
"I had a really good junior year grade wise, and I take the ACT again this coming Saturday. I struggled as a freshman and sophomore. I played at University City in St. Louis as a freshman and then transferred here to Ruskin for my sophomore year. Things are looking better on the academic side. I am going to keep working hard including all summer to keep improving," said Ragsdale.
Jordan Ragsdale had 56 tackles and 8 sacks as a junior and was named 2nd team All-Conference. He is also a track standout having thrown the discus 157 feet and the shot put 52 feet.
He plans on majoring in Astronomy in college and described his strengths to that college coaches tell him they like.
"I get off the ball very fast and they like my explosiveness, my speed and angles I take on plays. I am still working on my strength and size. I have a high metabolism and so I have been spending a lot of time in the weight room to get bigger. Overall I still need to work on my technique,"he said.