Ragone Could Be Top Player in State

Camden Catholic high school in Cherry Hill, NJ. has produced it's fair share of top talent over the years. The tradition-rich high school is always a must stop for college coaches searching for top prospects. This year tight end Mike Ragone is the big name college coaches covet, and we spoke with Camden Catholic head coach Rick Brown and Ragone to get some particulars on this top prospect.

"His best position is tight end," said Camden Catholic head coach Rick Brown about his junior tight end Mike Ragone. "He's 6-5, 230 pounds and he runs a 4.5 40 time. This year he had six touchdowns over 60 yards. He had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. When you see a 6-5 kid run an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, that's quite a sight to see."

"There was one cut in particular," Brown said of one particular play Ragone made that stood out to him. "We were playing Woodrow Wilson high school. Their two safeties, one safety, Antwine Perez, who is committed to USC, and their other safety that's been offered by Tennessee, Andre Baskins, (Ragone) took a little flat route 91 yards and ran right by them."

Ragone also excels on the other side of the ball as well, but Brown still thinks tight end is his best position.

"He plays defensive end. He's a beast there too. In my opinion his best position is tight end. I'd say roughly he had 30 catches for 800 yards and seven or eight touchdowns," Brown said.

"He emerged as one of our leaders as a junior, and I think one of the best things about him is his competitiveness," the head man said when asked what makes Ragone a special player. "He's down right mean and competitive on the football field. He wants the ball. He goes about it the right way. If you get on his bad side in a football game, I feel bad for you by the end of it."

"Rutgers offered him officially," Brown said of the schools that have offered Ragone so far. "Last week was the week a lot of teams came out, and I sent out a lot of films out too. According to the coaches I saw last week, almost every ACC coach and half the Big East, they feel he'll be the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey once they saw the film."

Brown also said that Ragone is doing well in school at this point as well.

"He's becoming a good student. He was all A's and B's this past year. He's becoming a really good student. He's a smart kid," he said.

Will Ragone attend any combines in the future?

"We have an elite combine up here and its invitation only and it's pretty good," Brown said. "Once he gets one (40) time down, I don't know how many combines he'll get down to. He's been invited to the U.S. Army combine, so we'll probably get down to that. Other than that, once you see the tape, once you see him once, he doesn't need to go to a combine."

"I'm very excited," said Ragone when asked about all the early attention he's receiving. "I am getting letters from almost every school in the country. I average about five or six letters a day."

"Notre Dame is definitely in the top three of my schools," he said of the Irish. "I was invited a couple days ago to go to a junior day on January 14th at Notre Dame and I am going. I talked to my dad about that and I'm going to that. I really forward to seeing Notre Dame."

We asked Ragone if he had an early list of schools pique his interest at this point.

"So far it's been Notre Dame, Boston College, Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina State," he said.

Ragone also said he's been to a couple of college campus already and plans to hit a lot more in the near future.

"I flew out to North Carolina State on an unofficial visit and I went to a Rutgers game," he said. "I plan on going to a bunch of junior days--as many as I can starting with Notre Dame. I think on the way back I'll stop at Penn State and then maybe Boston College. I'll try to go to see a lot of schools."

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