After picking up his first Pac-12 scholarship offer from Oregon State on Saturday, Johnny Ragin said it felt like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound thee-star athlete (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) added the offer during a trip to Corvallis, Ore., to watch the Beavers practice.
“I’m very appreciative,” he said. “I’ve been putting in work and it all paid off. It’s a great thing and it’s a Pac-12 offer.”
Ragin, who also has offers from BYU and Portland State, said he plans to make his decision around the third week of the high school season.
“Right now I’m just taking in everything as it comes,” he said. “A lot of the Pac-12 schools are on the brink of offering. They want to see some of my film. I’m definitely going to weigh all my options and make the best decision for myself.”
Since he participated in The Opening at the Nike World Headquarters in July, Ragin said he has been training with his teammates. He plans to use his first Pac-12 offer as added motivation while he prepares for his senior season.
“It’s a great confidence boost, but I’ve got to keep working and not get complacent,” he said. “I’m just very blessed to be in the position I’m in right now.”
When asked if he has a preferred position in mind when he gets to college, Ragin said he will play wherever he best fits the program he picks.
“I can play either position on the field and I feel like I’m a game-changer at either spot,” Ragin said. “If they need me to play linebacker, I’ll play linebacker. If they need me to play safety, I’ll play safety. Running back, I’ll play running back. I just want to help the team win.”