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Friday, March 16, 2012

Report: Irish TE to transfer to Kansas

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Thanks to a report from the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, we now know the identity of at least one of the transfers that Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis talked about back on signing day in February.

Former Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone on Thursday was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. He’ll use it to rejoin his old coach at Kansas.

Ragone, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, was regarded as the top tight end in the 2007 recruiting class. He joins former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist in reuniting with Weis at KU. Like Crist, Ragone will be eligible to play immediately because he will have graduated from Notre Dame by the time he joins the Jayhawks.

“I’m pretty excited right now,” Ragone told the paper. “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 report also indicated that Notre Dame linebacker Anthony McDonald soon could follow the two former Golden Domers to Lawrence, but that move is not yet official.

In other transfer news, JayhawkSlant.com is reporting former Nebraska defensive end Josh Williams, a former starter for the Cornhuskers, also will join the Jayhawks in 2012.

There has been no official word from KU on any of the three potential transfers.

Comments

machinegun 2 years, 1 month ago

Jordan Darling, 6-4 225 Pro-Style QB, just enrolled at Shawnee Mission East. He will be playing for Coach Chip Sherman next year as a senior. His Army Mom is currently serving our country in Afghanistan. I would love to see "The Kansas City Kid" in a KU uniform. More to follow.

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gardenjay 2 years, 1 month ago

wow. I was so jazzed with basketball I nearly missed this article. I am so impressed with the work ethic or incredible good luck of HCCW. Holy smoke.

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yates33333 2 years, 1 month ago

If Notre Dame's top 22 would just come over in mass we could have a real good season. Let's see, KU is the Harvard on the Kaw, but soon to be the Notre Dame on the Mississippi (street). It has been so damn long I can't remember whether it is Mississippi or Louisiana street. I know it's not Ohio because that is where I lived with some 90 year old couple who exercised every day. He did the "daily dozen," according to him.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 1 month ago

Here's some info from some articles (SBTrib?) that I posted a while ago on RCT about possible 5th yr transfers from ND.

Anthony McDonald (LB), By Matt Fortuna Before Notre Dame: From Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., McDonald entered Notre Dame as ESPNU's No. 27 outside linebacker. He was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. At Notre Dame: The 6-foot-2, 238-pound McDonald has played in 27 games the past three seasons, recording 24 tackles. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament his freshman year, a concussion his sophomore year, another knee injury his junior year and a torn pectoral muscle this past spring. He saw extended action in last season's Sun Bowl in place of the injured Manti Te'o. What's next?: A sociology major, McDonald will prepare for the Irish's bowl game as a reserve inside linebacker, though he is not on the two-deep at either spot.

The verdict: Going. If it sounds like we have said this before, it's because we have. But McDonald is another case of a talented high school player who ran into a rash of injuries at the next level, hindering him from making a lot of progress.

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Hail_To_Thee 2 years, 1 month ago

Hope all these transfers can "GEL" with all the current players. If so, this could be an exciting year.

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DevilHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

We're in the midst of March Madness and here's an article on football recruiting.

Thanks, Matt.

As for the news: Nice. We'll see how this works out.

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 1 month ago

I have to admit I am impressed with a number of things about HCCW and the way he is getting extra talent is very big. Any fifth-year player is going to be stronger, more mature and will see the field and contribute. Not only that, but these guys will bring in a chemistry to the team that is more polished, more competitive, more experienced. They already have their degree so the academics is less pressured.

Then the way he and staff are focusing on the KC area in particular and home turf in general is critical. Win KC. Win Wichita.

And he is not talking "dynasty" or "national championships". That was embarrassing. Not over-promising is a good first step to credibility. I like what he said about winning a couple of games no one expects you to, home and on the road. Who would have thought the Clones would be the spoiler last year? That was a great win for them. It has been a while since we took it to OU. Would really like to see that as one of those wins.

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Jayhawker111 2 years, 1 month ago

The depth will not hurt but it will be tough for this transfer to beat out Jimmay Mundine.

Height / Weight: 6-2 / 240

Mundine is a player.

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hawken 2 years, 1 month ago

Josh Williams is a graduate and eligible to play right away. He was dismissed from the team by Pelini for an unspecified team rules violation. He played in all 13 games last year and started 2.

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Lash 2 years, 1 month ago

So HouTexHawk do we want to ask Dayne to leave?

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troutsee 2 years, 1 month ago

Fan impatience demands immediate success. With immediate success will come better recruits and with that better teams. Weis seems to be pulling all the right strings.

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Robert Brown 2 years, 1 month ago

It is hard to get excited about a player coming for just one year. Clearly Coach Weis wants to make an impact this year and I respect him for that. it will take some time to see what type of players he can bring in to KU.

I will know we are making progress when we get players who were considering schools like Baylor and MU and KSU and Texas Tech as opposed to Tulsa and Colorado State and Northern Illinois.

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KU79 2 years, 1 month ago

Status of Josh Williams? Sit out a year? He must have some mojo if he started for the Nubs.

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Bill Skeet 2 years, 1 month ago

This sounds exciting!

When was the last time we got a transfer from Nebraska - a former starter?

This news may get lost with all the annual basketball festivities, but this seems very encouraging.

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nwhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Another wounded warrior . . . Hope these guys can finish their careers with on a high note.

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