Monday, July 21, 2014
Miami offers St. John's OL Sean Ragan
By Brendan C. Hall
St. John's of Shrewsbury rising junior lineman Sean Ragan received his first Division 1 FBS offer today, from the University of Miami (Fla.), offensive coordinator Chris Moriarty told ESPNBoston.com this afternoon.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Ragan started at offensive guard this season for the Pioneers, who went 9-4 with a No. 4 finish in ESPNBoston.com's final statewide poll after reaching the inaugural MIAA Division 2 State Championship. Behind Ragan, the Pioneers averaged 379 yards of offense and 34.2 points per game. He will also play some defensive line this fall.
Local FCS program Holy Cross was the first Division 1 college to extend an offer to Ragan, back in April. Ragan's father, John, played tight end at Boston College from 1987-90.
Renowned offensive line coach Art Kehoe extended the offer to Ragan, impressed with his film and his projectable frame, though it is unclear whether Ragan would fit at either guard or tackle.
The Hurricanes rarely come to the Bay State for prospects, but they have slowly begun to dabble more over the last few years.
Back in the summer of 2009, when Wakefield native Paul Gonnella was the program's director of player personnel, the Canes plucked burly tight end Andrew Tallman out of Boston College High, with plans to convert him to offensive tackle. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Tallman, who ran sprint hurdles for BC High's track and field squad, had made just two varsity starts at the time of his commitment. He lasted one redshirt season at Miami before transferring to Richmond.
In March 2010, the Canes received a commitment from four-star defensive back Albert Louis-Jean of Brockton High, but he switched his pledge to Boston College nine months later, after the Canes fired then-head coach Randy Shannon. Miami also offered two-time All-State offensive tackle John Montelus in 2012. Montelus, one of the Northeast's top 2013 line prospects, signed with Notre Dame and redshirted last fall.
Ragan demonstrates some great punch, as seen in his highlight tape below: