I would hope that this guy can help get the highly regarded offensive lineman
from Oregon who decommitted from BYU to consider committing again. Shipley did
it, why not this guy (Braden Kersely ? or something like that)
Sweet, welcome to BYU! Hope you enjoy a great career! Utah is a great place to
live! Mountains, National Parks, etc.!
Chaching! This guy is a big time get for next year's defense. Sadly I hope
it is not a big indication that KVN is going to the league next year, even
though odds probably were that this was the case, whether we got this guy or not
. . . I hope I'm wrong.Either way, congrats to him! He sounds
like a great kid who will do well. Now if we could just get Brayden Kearsley to
recommit that is the most that we could hope for for this recruiting class. He
would really be the big one who got away if we miss out on him.
Uh oh, he sounds like he's a type A personality and believes he can play
from day one. Bronco won't like that. Look for another good player to
ride the bench and play back up until he earns the right to play through tenure.
The BYU honor code is sometimes its best recruiting tool. Not only for great
athletes but especially for people with high academic and lifestyle standards.
"I always feel a positive vibe when I’m there and when I talk to
coaches."That's the best kind of exposure.
DCKVN started as a Freshman and that's worked out pretty well.
There's a HUGE difference between a Freshman starting at QB and
a Freshman starting at another position.A starting QB is expected to
be a team leader.A running back or linebacker only needs to worry
about playing his own position and can leave the leadership tasks to the
upper-classmen.As far a KVN moving on to the next level, I would be
very surprised to see him back in a BYU uniform next season.
I admire and respect a young man that is not of the LDS Faith that recognizes
the value of the Honor Code. Good Luck with your time at BYU and beyond!Go UTES!!
He looks legit! I'm so impressed with these recruits. Young men like this
who are not LDS but who are eager to live by the Honor Code help give me hope in
this world. It's difficult for Young Men who ARE LDS to live by the Honor
Code. Welcome, Johnny Ragin! Glad to have Poppinga scouting NFL
type talent. Heard rumors KVN is going, I'd hate to lose him just because
he's so fun to watch. But whatever he chooses, we'll follow him just
like we do all the other BYU players.
Welcome aboard Johnny Ragin. He sure doesn't sound like a kid which I like
about him. Ragin(g) line backer, watch out qb oponent. This sounds good to call
him - RAGING QB or something for his frame.
Nice video!A linebacker with receiver hands! And appears to have
good speed.Nice to see the Honor Code get recognized as a positive
by non-LDS athletes.
Wait, did I miss something? When did BYU join the PAC? We were assured by our
friends to the North that BYU would never win a recruit from the teams in
Conference of Champions, so the only explanation for signing this guy would be
that BYU joined that conference.It sounds to me like the best
recruiting tool BYU has is to get the recruit's Mom to come to campus for
the official visit. It isn't hard to sell Mom on the Honor Code, education,
etc. Wise play BYU.
Just so everyone is aware. . . about a week ago Brayden Kearsley tweeted out
that he never decommitted from BYU. . . so saying that you hope he will recommit
is pointless, since he is still committed. Just sayin'Also,
Ragin is a great pickup, I wish him the best of luck! Can't wait to see him
wearing a nice big Y on his helmet.Go Cougs!
Strong work Kelly Poppinga!! Thanks to him, another addition to a strong line
"Johnny Ragin committed to BYU coaches overnight, choosing BYU over Oregon
State, Colorado, and Cal, among others."Ragin said,
"I’m not LDS, but the Honor Code is something I love about BYU and
it’s how I choose to live, so that was a big factor in my
decision.”Lots of myths about recruiting that have been
promoted by our friends up north debunked in those two short statements.Welcome aboard Johnny! We look forward to seeing you in BYU blue next
Welcome aboard Johnny!It's great to see you join an
ever-growing tradition of outstanding BYU linebackers.
Cant' wait to see him on the field. He looks like the real deal in the vid.
He reminds me of Tommy Holmoe's older broather, Steve, with whom I played
with in HS in SoCal. Great athlete!
...why any recruit would turn down a Pac10 team, since any team is the Pac10 is
better than any team outside of the Pac10??
As an alum of BYU I can say this is the right choice. If someone loves what the
Honor Code stands for he will not be disappointed going to BYU. It will allow
him to just focus on football and school without the distractions other schools
have. Plus, BYU has a long line of great linebackers, many of whom have had very
successful NFL careers. Welcom Ragin!
Love it! The D will be incredible for many years to come. Glad this kid is
coming. Another "win" for Bronco.
Way to represent Wilsonville, Johnny! My HOMETOWN!Can't wait to
see you in Cougar Blue!
3 star rated... big deal...
Howard S.The vast majority of Utah's recruits are rated 3-stars
or fewer (mostly fewer).If you were a USC fan, that comment might
make some sense; for a Utah fan, you're simply grasping at straws.
Isn't it enough just to wish him well and welcome him to your school? Many
of these posts are simply laughable, some of you are into bragging about getting
a recruit that had offers from another PAC 12 school. He seems to be very solid
recruit, but please...nobody wins all the recruiting battles not even U$C or
Oregon. The question you should be asking yourselves is how many kids did BYU
miss out on to PAC 12 schools because of the HC and environment?
Just wondering,By the tone of your question I don't think you would
understand the answer.
Tanner and Johnny attend our local high school and we're so proud of both
of them. Tanner is a fine young man--he attends our ward and we couldn't
be happier for him and his future. Can't wait to see both of them in BYU
blue next fall!
Sweet, another outstanding linebacker to come play for the Cougs. Lets hope he
is the BYU "Jonny Football".
@UteanymousActually Utah has 24 commits and 21 of them are 3 star or
higher.BYU has 9 commits ranked 3 star or higher.BYUs
recruiting class is currently ranked 52nd... Utahs class is ranked 28th.Even with its higher ranker recruiting class the DN doesn't publish
articles referring to Utah recruits as "top" recruits.
Howard S.LOL at your spin.Utah currently has 24 commits
- only ONE is rated higher than a 3 star.Interestingly, the same
number of 4-star recruits as BYU.What's truly laughable about
the obsession Utah fans have with stars, is Utah fans are constantly bragging
about Utah's 0-star walk-ons.If a 0-star walk-on can be great
and a 5-star commit can be a bust, just how much stock should we put in stars
anyway?btw, USC currently has 16 commits, FIVE 5-star,
ELEVEN 4-star, NONE with less than 4 stars. USC gets more 4- and 5- recruits in
a single year, than Utah gets in a decade.Let's see you spin
how the Utes are EVER going to win the PAC 12 South, let alone the PAC 12
championship with such an overwhelming disparity in stars.Begin spin
Wait... I'm confused... I thought independent BYU couldn't ever
possibly compete with the Pac 12 in recruiting. I thought BYU Football was
doomed now that Utah was in the Pac 12 and no good recruits would ever go to BYU
ever again. Why did he turn down Pac 12 offers to play at BYU? Can someone
please explain this to me?
@ Howard S.Despite the fact that he was only rated three stars, half
of the PAC teams were recruiting him. And come to think of it, all of those
teams are better than Utah. So please explain how it is that all of a sudden he
has no talent? Does one ever get tired of talking out of both sides of their
SamwiseYou're fine; it's our friends on the hill have
always been confused by the stars in their eyes.Like Howard S., they
only make a big deal about stars when it conveniently suits their agenda, then
the become completely oblivious to stars when the start talking about
Utah's chances of being competitive in the PAC 12.Let's
just put it this way:Utah will NEVER, not in a million years, EVER,
have a recruiting class ranked higher than USC!-----Leaving the pointless stars discussion, Welcome aboard Johnny
Ragin - we're looking forward to seeing you continue BYU's tradition
of outstanding linebackers.
I took "Just Wondering"'s question to be rhetorical, sarcastic, and
a dig at those who proclaim superiority for the Pac 12, which is why I
"liked" it. With regard to "Silent Lurker", there
was some validity to your comment, except for this line: "The question you
should be asking yourselves is how many kids did BYU miss out on to PAC 12
schools because of the HC and environment?" BYU, Stanford, Notre Dame, and
any other school that has restrictions of some sort on the kind of players they
can recruit know going in that they are at a disadvantage from the start to the
Oregon's of the world. BYU of course is the most disadvantaged of the
aforementioned three because of the Honor Code (don't know specifically
what Notre Dame has, but, if nothing else, there are many million more Catholics
from which to recruit). So for BYU to win a non-LDS recruit on the West Coast
against decent competition is indeed something to be happy about. I do note
that, despite being from Oregon, the Ducks were not listed as being interested.
But, according to Rivals, neither were they in Kyle Van Noy.
stars smarsThe only thing I care about is heart and the
determination to succeed.I'd much rather have team full of 2-
and 3-star recruits who are committed to working their tails off to be
successful, than a bunch of 4- and 5-stars who think they're going to be
successful just by showing up at the stadium on game day.Johnny
Ragin seems to be just the type of player every BYU fan should be thrilled about
joining the Cougars.Welcome aboard!
Honor Code 1Pac10.2 0Wake me up when Utes out recruit USC
or better yet... when they play post season again.
@howieUh....utah does not have a single recruit ranked
"higher" than a 3 star. None. BYU on the otherhand does. Nice lie.
This is amazing! He is #1 linebacker, 4 stars and best vertical leap and wing
span. We are amazing in recruiting and this should almost guarantee a BCS game
next year. He is a game changer. I have seen him play in high school and he will
start as a freshman. watch out!
Wendall HoopNice try troll!-------Johnny
Ragin does look like he has the talent and work ethic to be as good or maybe
even better than KVN someday, but only if he maintains the same work ethic and
intensity as KVN throughout his career at BYU.
@sammygAgain with the typical byu fan response,since byu cant beat
Utah on the field you will live thru some other team like Usc.Ok
i'll play along, wake me up when you out recruit NOTRE DAME,or at least
sniff a BCS bowl.We wont even mention the words byu and national title.Yeah i
know you have one, The IRISH have 10 and soon to have 11.
It's obvious that this smart kid saw how the exposure BYU gets from their
ESPN deal can turn an unknown like Ziggy and Van Noy into top NFL draft picks.
That's exposure not even the Pac-12 can match! I guess that's why Ute
fans are still Just Wondering :) Welcome Johnny Ragin! You're
going to be very happy with this decision from all points!
Sounds like a great recruit to add to an already impressive recruiting class.
I'm excited to see how all of the recruits pan out. You just never know
for sure until they play at the next level. As for all of the back
and forth banter, neither BYU or Utah has much to brag about this year.
Hopefully, next year both schools can raise their level to that of their
competition. Yes, BYU has a National Championship, and Utah has a couple of BCS
wins. Fact is, it's in the past. Both teams doing well helps both
camera2headMy comment is simply pointing out the continued absurdity
of Ute fans that have to comment on every BYU recruiting story and the moronic
aftermath of the discussion about star ratings. Example... Howard S.Many of your fanbase continue to pound their chests about out recruiting BYU
when the discussion has supposedly gone beyond BYU because the Utes are in a
'big boy' conference. It hasn't.Since USC always gets
4 and 5 star recruits and the Utes get 0-3 star recruits its a futile attempt to
think that the Utes will ever do anything in the PAC12 in this situation.While we both know that the ability of a player is not restricted by a
star rating, better people than you and I determine these things and the odds
they are correct are in their favor.Do you honestly think I care
about comparing BYU to Notre Dame? I don't. A futile attempt on your part
to make a dig at BYU while I'm just stating the obvious and bitter fans
such as yourself live in this bubble of Ute delusion and their conference
affiliation.Let's talk about dips for the Ute couch potato chip
Don't care who you play for or how many stars.Congratulations on your
opportunity to get a good education and play college football.
@caljac...You're right the kid is probably looking at all the success
Bronco has had putting players in the NFL. Oh wait that can't be it Bronco
has yet to put even one recruit in the NFL. Great track record 8 years yet to
put one player in the NFL. The kid has better odd's going to SUU and
getting to the NFL then he does with Bronco.Hang in there though
Bronco should get a couple over the next couple years. That could up his % to
1-2% of players he recruits get to the next level...LOL
What a terrific player, what horrible, dark and evil music.