UNC Visits Ragland

Sherman Ragland's recruitment started much later than most of his peers. Unlike most recruits with scholarship offers, Ragland didn't pick up his first offer until two weeks ago.

"I was playing a defensive end position at first and I wasn't too big on camps and combines so I didn't go to any of them," Ragland said. "I went to my first combine – the National Underclassman Combine – and I got MVP. I went to the Nike Combine and got [recognition] from that. Things just started opening up for me."

At the National Underclassman Combine, Ragland measured in at 6-foot-0 ½ and 184 pounds and had a 35-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-7 broad jump, a 4.25-second 20-yard shuttle, and a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. The Durham (N.C.) Southern product also excelled during one-on-one drills.

A couple of Fridays back, South Carolina offered Ragland his first scholarship. Duke, East Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest soon followed suit.

Ragland is hoping that childhood favorite North Carolina is the next school to offer.

On Thursday, UNC sent a coach to Southern Durham High School to watch Ragland practice. The evaluation visit has yet to result in a scholarship offer.

"He said he was going to go back and talk to the rest of the coaches," Ragland said. "He said that I was better than one of the safeties that had signed there. More than likely they will offer me."

If an offer doesn't materialize from Thursday's evaluation visit, Ragland will have another opportunity to earn the offer at UNC's summer camp.

Ragland also plans to camp at East Carolina, Maryland, Ohio State, South Florida, and Virginia this summer.

Despite his feelings towards UNC, Ragland says a scholarship offer wouldn't compel him to make an immediate verbal commitment. It would, though, allow the Tar Heels to jump into his favorite schools list.

Currently, Ragland's favorite schools list stands at three – NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

"I'm really wanted at all three of those schools and they have great people," Ragland said. "I've talked to the State and Wake Forest people a lot and I really enjoy talking to them and they're great people. South Carolina is great football – SEC football."

Ragland is looking to make a late summer verbal commitment.

"Mostly, I'm looking for whatever college has the most to offer as far as good academic programs, the school atmosphere, and the people and the coaches," Ragland said.

Although he has spent most of his prep career at defensive end, no school is recruiting Ragland for the position. East Carolina and Wake Forest like him at wide receiver, UNC and NC State project him as a safety, and South Carolina is recruiting him as an outside linebacker/safety.

Ragland said he doesn't have a position preference.

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