November 11, 2010

Ragland caps off strong Jr season

Huntsville (AL) Bob Jones star Reggie Ragland has established himself as one of the state's top overall prospects for the class of 2012 and helped solidify that status with a superb junior season in which he led his team to a 9-4 record before falling to Clay-Chakville in the playoffs. Ragland said he's proud of his season but believes he's in position to take his game to another level next year.

"The season went pretty well overall," Ragland said. "I thought we had a really good chance of making a run deep into the playoffs but you just never know with this spot. It just wasn't meant to be for us this year but at the same time, I'm proud of how our guys played all season long."

Ragland entered the season dealing with a nagging ankle injury he suffered at the end of his sophomore season and after a slow start, Ragland believes he has worked his way back to full strength over the course of the season.

"I hurt my ankle pretty bad at the end of last season and it really took me most of the offseason to recover. When I started this year, I still had some soreness and my cuts weren't quite as sharp. Every week that went by this season, my ankle felt better and better and I was able to really pick up my speed and make my cuts a lot better. I'm going to spend the offseason playing basketball and baseball and hopefully being able to do that this year will help me continue to get stronger and get more strength back into that ankle."

As far as recruiting goes, Ragland is in no rush and plans on taking his time once his junior year is finished to visit schools and gather information.

"It's going to be a while for me before I'm ready to think about a decision but I really want to take some time next summer to get a feel for some of the campuses, talk to the players at every school, find out what the coaches are like when they aren't recruiting you and also learn a lot about the academic situations at every school. I want to spend the next several months learning as much as I can."

Ragland said he was pleased with how both in-state programs have performed this year and believes there has never been a better time for college football in the state of Alabama.

"It's great to see both of the teams in the state doing well. Auburn has had a great year and they are really going on a great run with Cam Newton. Alabama didn't do what some people expected them to do this year but they are a really young team and once those guys get some experience, they are going to be a dominant team again just like they were last year."

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