MARRERO, La. — Trey Ragas is averaging a whopping 200 yards per game and is on the verge of becoming the all-time leading rusher at Shaw (La.).
In doing so, Ragas has garnered interest from the top SEC schools, including Alabama.
Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns made the trip to New Orleans to speak to Shaw coach Scott Bairnsfather about Ragas, who’s rated the No. 50 player in Louisiana and second among running backs.
As he awaits an offer, Ragas made no secret he’s very intrigued by the prospect of playing for ‘Bama and being a part of the school’s storied tradition.
“Everybody knows Alabama is the top team,” Ragas said. “If they lose three games or only win one game, they’re still going to be a good team no matter what, and they got a great program.”
Alabama is not the only SEC team making a push for Ragas.
Arkansas, which is also seriously interested in Ragas but hasn’t offered, visited Shaw earlier this month and remains in touch with him more and more frequently. The Arkansas coaching staff tried to get Ragas to come to Fayetteville, Ark. for this weekend’s game game against Auburn, but Ragas couldn’t make it due to his high school game also being played Saturday.
Ragas wants to go see Arkansas, likely after the season, and could also envision himself as a part of the Razorbacks offense.
“They’re a dominating running team,” Ragas said. “They run the ball a lot and they recruit a lot of big, good, healthy offensive linemen.”
Ragas holds offers from eight schools, including Colorado State and Utah. The rest of his visits will come after the high school football season.
Both Tennessee and South Carolina showed interest in Ragas last summer, but Gamecocks receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. hasn’t spoke to him since before the football season.
Garnering interest from both Alabama and Arkansas has meant a lot for Ragas, who expects his recruitment to continue to heat up as he makes the push to become Shaw’s all-time leading rusher.
“Based on my next three games and how many yards I get, it could change everything,” Ragas said. “It’s because of the competition I play against. A lot of SEC schools look at players in the Catholic League.”