September 2, 2010

Raglands talk Auburn, plan visit

Reggie Ragland, Sr. knows what it's like to go through the recruiting process. His family has been around it for more than 20 years.

Ragland, Sr.'s younger brother Rayfield was one of the best all-around athletes in the country in the early 1990's. Rayfield, a four-sport star at Coffee High School in Florence, Ala., signed with Auburn to play football and baseball, but ended up a basketball star at Clemson and later as a professional in Europe.

Ragland, Sr. has heard what college coaches will say during recruiting. He's seen what they'll do.

"My brothers, all of us, have been through it," he said.

And now it's his son's turn.

Reggie Ragland, Jr. is projected to be one of the state's top recruits in the 2012 class. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound linebacker from Bob Jones in Huntsville already has verbal offers from Auburn and Alabama. He's getting serious interest from several other SEC, ACC and even PAC 10 schools.

Ragland, Sr. has talked to many college coaches about his son. He will talk to many more before Signing Day 2012 arrives. His experience in the recruiting process is already beginning to pay off.

"I listen to the coaches, but I can distinguish who is real and who is not," said Ragland, Sr. "A lot of them out there try to sell you a bunch of swampland. A lot of the coaches don't think I'm up on my game, but I am. I know how they are because I've been there....

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