What became a fairly contested, late-in-the-game battle between Cal and BYU for the services of Wilsonville (Wilsonville, OR) High School linebacker Johnny Ragin III ended in a Bear victory tonight as Ragin chose to decommit from BYU and switch to Cal.
Ragin's forum of choice for his announcement was Twitter, where he made the following statement:
"I'd sincerely like to thank all the coaches, fans and everyone throughout the country who have supported me through this process.
"I'm not one to go back on my word so this is difficult for me. But ultimately, I have to do what's best for me family and I.
"With that being said, I have decommitted from BYU and have committed to Cal. Go Bears!"
Catching up with Ragin after his announcement, the 6-2/220 linebacker spoke further about his commitment.
"I just learned as much as I could about each university and talking with my family about what would be best for us, we just figured that Cal was the best fit," said Ragin. "I'm excited to get down there and go to work."
A BYU commit since December, the Bears late offer was appealing to the 4 star (ESPN) linebacker, especially from an academic standpoint as a 4.0 student.
"Cal's academics are really strong so that's really important to me in what I'm looking for in a school."
Ragin had a chance to visit Cal officially on the 11th, the same weekend as incoming quarterback Jared Goff and the two hit it off.
"Johnny's a great guy," said Goff. "He really seemed comfortable and like he fit in well with all of us. Having a smaller group, we got to know each other all a lot better than if there were a bunch of players.
"He's a really big dude and it would be great to have him join us in our class."
Cal's late courtship of Ragin was aided by the relationship he developed earlier with defensive line coach Barry Sacks as well as the newer relationships he's been building with defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Andy Buh and head coach Sonny Dykes.
"I had a relationship with Coach Sacks from when he was at Nevada and I talked with Coach Buh and Coach Dykes quite a bit in this past month so I've gotten to know them pretty well," said Ragin.
"They have a great plan set to turn the program around and I'm really looking forward to being a part of it and see where things go."
In his senior season, Ragin had 46 tackles, 6 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, one fumble caused and one fumble recovered.
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