Football: BYU linebacker flips to Cal

Johnny Ragin III, an outside linebacker from Wilsonville, Ore., decommitted from BYU and said he will attend Cal, according to scout.com.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is rated as a three-star prospect by the website.
Ragin, on  his twitter account, wrote: ” . . . I have decommitted from BYU and have officially committed to #Cal. Go Bears! 
“And I’m not one to go back on my word, so this is difficult for me. But ultimately, I have to do what I feel’s best for my family and I.”
Tweeted recruiting expert Greg Biggins of Scout: “Tough loss for BYU, big pickup for Cal, Johnny Ragin was easily among the most underrated prospects in the west region this year.”
Ragin’s commitment boosts the total to 26 players expected to sign with the Bears on Feb. 6.
Meanwhile . . . 
Cal commit Darius Allensworth, the DB who checked out Washington State last weekend, got a home visit Wednesday night from new coach Sonny Dykes.
Here’s Allensworth’s reaction, via twitter: “Sonny Dykes is a cool dude”  

Jeff Faraudo

  • Boaltblue

    Can anyone explain Stanford’s and Oregon’s apparent slow recruiting start this year, especially when compared to past years?

  • Juancho

    Where cal has ranked in recruiting

    2013, 24, 5th in conference
    2012, 34, 7th in conf
    2011, 16, 3rd in conf
    2010, 27, 7th in conf
    2009, 34, 5th in conf
    2008, 32, 7th in conf
    2007, 12, 3rd in conf
    2006, 23, 4th in conf
    2005, 9, 2nd in conf
    2004, 29, 7th in conf
    2003, 24, 4th in conf

  • Juancho

    Stanford is rated low bc they only have about 12 commits so far.

    Uclas strong recruiting is hurting oregon directly.

  • Juancho

    Our top class 2005 had

    5 stars
    Desean jackson
    Lavelle hawkins
    Desmond bishop

    4 stars
    Tony felder
    Zach follet
    Sydquan thompson

    3 stars
    Cameron morrah
    Marcus ezeff
    Tyson alualu

    This is only the guys that stood out.

  • rotfogel

    REALLY starting to like Sonny Dykes.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Anyone know the math? How many spots are available?

  • wehofx

    Johnny Ragin, welcome to Cal! (watched some video. the guy is a HITTER – reminds me of the Pain Train.) Andy Buh’s first big splash as a recruiter.

    If Hunt, McKinley and Allensworth all commit this weekend, I put us at 26. Given the vagaries of recruiting – esp w ohio and mich making a big push for Hunt – it’s unlikely but I can hope.

    I could be wrong but I think 26 is the # available this year.

    Thanks, Juancho, another great list: #2 #4. I mentioned this during the ‘ho debacle last year but we did very well without the ‘ho 05 – 07.

    08 the ho joined the staff. It took him a coupla years before he figured it out and really gained traction as a recruiter.

    With that in mind, I think we have reason to be truly optimistic about next year’s class. Joe Mixon!

  • ConcordBear

    Huge get
    Go Bears!
    keep rolling on in recruiting California

  • Steve W

    This is the kind of recruiting class that will get Cal to a winning record by the 2014 season as the program becomes the Texas Tech of the PAC 12. I see a lot of 7-5 seasons in the Dykes era and perhaps a 10-win season if Cal can lock in on a Michael Crabtree or two. I am good with that because I love explosive offense. I am not even thinking Rose Bowl, but I hope I am wrong on that.

  • rotfogel

    Wow, I just saw Johnny Ragin III highlights. While a lot of players look good in high school (they all got scholarships to get here in the first place), Ragin jumps out. At 6-3 215 lbs as a HS senior, he has a build where it looks like he could gain 30 lbs and not lose any speed. I don’t know what a 5 star LB looks like if that’s not it. I think that kid is going to be very good.

  • The Wisdom Cow


    Most 5 stars are already beyond most physically, like Tiny [who I think is right on schedule, BTW, people. How many dominant DL can you name when they were underclassmen?].

    Anyways, this is probably why Biggins is so high on Ragin. Scouting services are getting better at guessing recruits physical growth potential, but it still remains the primary reason for the gross errors in under-rating a prospect.

  • wehofx

    Twitter from coupla days ago:

    >>>Greg Biggins ‏@GregBiggins 22 Jan

    Fresno (Calif.) Central DB L.J Moore will take an unofficial visit to #Cal this weekend, could decide following week or wait to SD

    Seems like we have a shot!

  • Calduke

    Thank you Drake Whitehurst

  • Dan


    Oregon’s class is better than Cal’s, don’t pay as much to the overall ranking as to average stars per recruit. Oregons is MUCH higher than cal’s, Oregon had a small senior class, therefore not losing many guys, therefore they don’t have many scholarship slots open.

    Also, I’m less prone to be as excited by the overall ranking as I am the quality of the recruits. We could finish in the top 20-25, but if we’re down below 3 star average, which likely would not put us in the top 40 nationally, I’d be less thrilled with the class. It seems like that is what is going to happen.

    I’d think that SD and staff did a really good, maybe great job relatively speaking given the circumstances. However, this would not make it an excellent class or great job in the absolute, IMO. If he performed at this level year after year, I think it will limit his success, and he will be challenged to complete into the upper echelon of this conference. This class likely wont touch several of Tedfords best recruiting classes. Just
    my opinion.

    I think and hope he can coach up a team well beyond his recruiting rankings, a la Chris Petersen. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do, I know it’ll be better than the disappointments and embarrassments of the past 5-6 seasons.