Those who follow Oregon high school football know it’s not exactly a hotbed for recruiting. While the state produces half a dozen or so Division I recruits each year, many are under-the-radar and not highly ranked. Of the three committed prospects from the State of Oregon (tackle Evan Voeller, running back Thomas Tyner and center Doug Brenner), Tyner was the only prospect that caught the attention of coaches all over the nation.
Johnny Ragin III has been under Oregon coaches’ microscope all year long, but this week the Ducks’ coaches pulled the trigger and offered the local kid from Wilsonville High School. Ragin III, who switched his commitment from BYU to Cal last week, is another underrated prospect that the Ducks have kept an eye on. The 6’2″ 210 pound linebacker participated in The Opening - an invitation-only camp reserved for the top 250 players in the nation - and flashed the kind of speed and athleticism that could land him a Duck offer. As the coaches waited to see how he fared during his senior year, an offer was never made, and it seemed the hope of playing for his hometown school was out of reach.
After Chip Kelly bolted for the NFL, Helfrich and company began making the rounds on previously recruited prospects. Few were offered, but Ragin III is one of them. It may be too late in the game, but the coaches are making a serious effort to get the local product’s commitment and have asked him to officially visit the campus this weekend. The final weekend before signing day, the Ducks will try to see if home is where the heart is for Johnny Ragin III.