Ragone Back from South Bend

Tight end prospect Mike Ragone is back from his official visit to Notre Dame and it also happened to be his birthday on Monday. We spoke with the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Cherry Hill, N.J. native to find out about his weekend.

"The visit was great," said Mike Ragone of his official visit to Notre Dame. "I'm sad they lost but it's all good. I really liked the game. The crowd was really into. I had a real good time."

Ragone said he met a number of Irish players and recruits on his visit.

"My host was John Carlson," he said. "He's a great guy. We just kind of hung out all weekend. I hung out with him and the center, John Sullivan, he's a cool dude. We were also with Ryan Harris a lot. I really liked all of them.

"I also hung out with some of the recruits…..Jimmy (Clausen), Gary Gray, (Joseph) Barksdale. We were all having a good time together. We all really clicked."

Ragone has been to Notre Dame a number of times already and also has spent a lot of time with coach Weis in the past. I asked him what they talked about during his time to speak with coach Weis on Sunday.

"We really didn't talk a lot about football," he said. "We actually watched the Eagles game and just kind of talked. It was just real chill."

Unfortunately for Ragone, he's had to be pretty laid back all fall due to a knee injury that's sidelined him for his entire senior season.

"A lot of things went through my head," Ragone said when asked how he felt when he found out he'd miss his senior season. "Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. It was really tough to deal with. I really wanted to play and help my teammates win. I was really looking forward to it. Now I'm just going to focus on getting ready for Notre Dame. That's all I can do. I'm really looking forward to getting there and playing again."

And what about his 18th birthday?

"It's no big deal," he said. "I really haven't done anything too exciting."

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