Monday, March 25, 2013
OL Ragnow is just getting started
By Tom Van Haaren
The adidas Invitational was loaded with defensive line talent, which meant the offensive linemen needed to be on their game. Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen) was one of the offensive line prospects on hand, and held his own against the talented defenders in one-on-ones.
Ragnow was named as one of the top performers on the day and showed why top schools, including Florida State, are coming after him.
It came as a big surprise to Ragnow when he found out the Seminoles had offered him. He thought it was possible he would start to gain interest from big schools, but he hadn't had much contact with the Florida State coaching staff before the offer.
"That was the biggest surprise ever. I woke up one morning and called them and they said they really liked my film and were offering me," he said. "I'll definitely consider them. I think I want to visit sometime this summer, hopefully."
The Florida State coaches told Ragnow they like how he gets off the ball, how he finishes his blocks and his footwork, which is something he continually works to improve.
Minnesota is the other program to offer a scholarship to Ragnow so far, but plenty of other schools have already been in contact with the 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect.
"Ohio State has been talking to me a lot recently, Nebraska, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Michigan State," he said. "Those five have been showing the most recently and all of them would be cool to be offered by."
He doesn't necessarily have a plan as far as his recruitment goes, as it is still early in the process for him, but there are a few schools Ragnow knows he wants to visit in the offseason.
"I'm going to check out Iowa State's spring practice this weekend and then Nebraska's spring game," he said. "I'm going to try to go to Wisconsin's junior day, too. I'm just trying to enjoy everything right now, so I don't really have a plan."
Ragnow lined up manly at left tackle during the camp, but looked versatile enough to play a few different spots along the line. There are even a few schools recruiting him as a defensive end, which makes sense given his athleticism.