Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Notre Dame TE Mike Ragone makes transfer to KU official


Although he orally committed to Kansas University weeks ago, former Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone's place at KU was not official until Tuesday, when he signed a financial aid agreement with the Jayhawks.

Ragone, a 6-foot-4, 262-pound tight end, joins the Jayhawks after being granted a sixth-year of eligibility from the NCAA in mid-March.


Former Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone, who officially joined the Jayhawks on April 17.

The Cherry Hill, N.J., native missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury and was lost for the 2011 season after suffering another knee injury during the third game of the year. He graduated from Notre Dame in May 2011 with a degree in sociology.

Ragone, known more as a blocking tight end, played in 37 games during his five seasons at Notre Dame, recording 11 catches for 109 yards. He played in 11 games for the Irish as a true freshman in 2007, hauling in one reception for seven yards versus Navy. Ragone also had six tackles on special teams as a freshman.

Out of high school, Ragone was rated the No. 3 tight end in the country, third-best player in New Jersey and 83rd-best prospect in the nation by following his senior season at Camden Catholic High School. He was named the No. 2 tight end in the nation and 33rd-best prospect by CSTV/Tom Lemming and was rated the 55th-best prospect in the nation and No. 2 tight end in his class on the ESPN 150 list.

He joins former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist and former Notre Dame linebacker Anthony McDonald in reuniting with Weis at KU. All three players will be eligible to play immediately.

“I’m pretty excited right now,” Ragone told the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune in March. “It’s going to be great playing with Dayne again. He’s a great guy and a great quarterback. I asked for one more chance, and I got it.”

The addition of Ragone brings KU's list of Class of 2012 recruits to 26 players. The Jayhawks have added six players as Div. I transfers, nine junior college transfers and 11 high school athletes.


Pork_Ribs 2 years ago

...if he even makes it to Sept without blowing a knee. Tough to retain leg strength while constantly rehabbing (three) torn ACL's.
I'll be rooting for him...but not holding my breath. I've torn three as well and have had five different surgeries with other ligaments. Very, very, tough road.


chalky 2 years ago

You see a lot of complaints when we compete with or add a kid that N. Texas, Tulsa, Northern Illinois or Betty Crocker Culinary Institute was after, but when we add someone who was a top 100 player at one time and might be again with a fresh start there are still some complaints. This is our best chance at top recruits till we have some on the field success.


Displayhawk 2 years ago

Notre Dame ...... The Kansas of the upper Midwest!


nuleafjhawk 2 years ago

When will we officially be changing our colors to Blue and Gold?

Or Green and Gold? Or whatever their colors of the month are.

All in fun - Rock Chalk IrishHawks


stevemize 2 years ago

A TE with his size and speed will also be a factor in the passing game. This is no concrete-footed lineman type TE:


april28 2 years ago

When you look at the mix of players: transfers, juco and freshmen, it looks exactly the way you would think a top-notch coach would go about it. Grab a group of older guys who can help fill holes in the dam, get a decent group out of high school and immediately start working on the next recruiting class.

Can't wait for April 28.


texashawk10 2 years ago

Someone who can essentially be used as a 6th offensive lineman, the running game should be pretty solid next year even with Sims missing the first 3 games.


IgnorantYokel 2 years ago

One of these highly-touted-out-of-HS transfers will pan out in a big way. How wonderful to have these guys to get the Weis era off to a fast start.


jgkojak 2 years ago

Sounds like he's going to be a great addition- I think what we're going to see w/these 5th year guys is EXECUTION - they're going to hit their assignments the way pros do- which gives us a HUGE advantage- no one doubts Weis is going to design a great offense- the question is can it be execute by college kids -but these aren't college kids.


lothario64118 2 years ago

He graduated with a degree in ? (It doesn't


Ryan Shelton 2 years ago

Sounds to me like he has been underutilized. Hope we can fix that!


clevelandjayhawker 2 years ago

welcome adn congrats on the 2nd chance, nice to see the ncaa do something right every other year or so. I hope KU can use him a little more in the passing game though.


Todd Simpson 2 years ago

is it just me or does it seem like we are getting all of the 5 year xfr's from Notre Dame


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