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Published: Thursday, Dec. 6 2012 9:45 p.m. MST

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Federal Way, WA

I would hope that this guy can help get the highly regarded offensive lineman from Oregon who decommitted from BYU to consider committing again. Shipley did it, why not this guy (Braden Kersely ? or something like that)

Orem, UT

Sweet, welcome to BYU! Hope you enjoy a great career! Utah is a great place to live! Mountains, National Parks, etc.!

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Chaching! This guy is a big time get for next year's defense. Sadly I hope it is not a big indication that KVN is going to the league next year, even though odds probably were that this was the case, whether we got this guy or not . . . I hope I'm wrong.

Either way, congrats to him! He sounds like a great kid who will do well. Now if we could just get Brayden Kearsley to recommit that is the most that we could hope for for this recruiting class. He would really be the big one who got away if we miss out on him.

Alexandria, VA

Uh oh, he sounds like he's a type A personality and believes he can play from day one. Bronco won't like that. Look for another good player to ride the bench and play back up until he earns the right to play through tenure.

Hayden, ID

The BYU honor code is sometimes its best recruiting tool. Not only for great athletes but especially for people with high academic and lifestyle standards.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

"I always feel a positive vibe when I’m there and when I talk to coaches."

That's the best kind of exposure.

Palo Alto, CA


KVN started as a Freshman and that's worked out pretty well.

There's a HUGE difference between a Freshman starting at QB and a Freshman starting at another position.

A starting QB is expected to be a team leader.

A running back or linebacker only needs to worry about playing his own position and can leave the leadership tasks to the upper-classmen.

As far a KVN moving on to the next level, I would be very surprised to see him back in a BYU uniform next season.

Omaha, NE

I admire and respect a young man that is not of the LDS Faith that recognizes the value of the Honor Code. Good Luck with your time at BYU and beyond!


Nampa, ID

He looks legit! I'm so impressed with these recruits. Young men like this who are not LDS but who are eager to live by the Honor Code help give me hope in this world. It's difficult for Young Men who ARE LDS to live by the Honor Code.

Welcome, Johnny Ragin! Glad to have Poppinga scouting NFL type talent. Heard rumors KVN is going, I'd hate to lose him just because he's so fun to watch. But whatever he chooses, we'll follow him just like we do all the other BYU players.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Welcome aboard Johnny Ragin. He sure doesn't sound like a kid which I like about him. Ragin(g) line backer, watch out qb oponent. This sounds good to call him - RAGING QB or something for his frame.

Orem, Utah

Nice video!

A linebacker with receiver hands! And appears to have good speed.

Nice to see the Honor Code get recognized as a positive by non-LDS athletes.

IRS Agent

Wait, did I miss something? When did BYU join the PAC? We were assured by our friends to the North that BYU would never win a recruit from the teams in Conference of Champions, so the only explanation for signing this guy would be that BYU joined that conference.

It sounds to me like the best recruiting tool BYU has is to get the recruit's Mom to come to campus for the official visit. It isn't hard to sell Mom on the Honor Code, education, etc. Wise play BYU.

BYU Deek
Spanish Fork, UT

Just so everyone is aware. . . about a week ago Brayden Kearsley tweeted out that he never decommitted from BYU. . . so saying that you hope he will recommit is pointless, since he is still committed. Just sayin'

Also, Ragin is a great pickup, I wish him the best of luck! Can't wait to see him wearing a nice big Y on his helmet.

Go Cougs!

Idaho Falls, ID

Strong work Kelly Poppinga!! Thanks to him, another addition to a strong line backing corps.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

"Johnny Ragin committed to BYU coaches overnight, choosing BYU over Oregon State, Colorado, and Cal, among others."

Ragin said, "I’m not LDS, but the Honor Code is something I love about BYU and it’s how I choose to live, so that was a big factor in my decision.”

Lots of myths about recruiting that have been promoted by our friends up north debunked in those two short statements.

Welcome aboard Johnny! We look forward to seeing you in BYU blue next season.

Orem, UT

Welcome aboard Johnny!

It's great to see you join an ever-growing tradition of outstanding BYU linebackers.

Orem, UT

Cant' wait to see him on the field. He looks like the real deal in the vid. He reminds me of Tommy Holmoe's older broather, Steve, with whom I played with in HS in SoCal. Great athlete!

Just Wondering...
Gilbert, AZ

...why any recruit would turn down a Pac10 team, since any team is the Pac10 is better than any team outside of the Pac10??

Richmond, VA

As an alum of BYU I can say this is the right choice. If someone loves what the Honor Code stands for he will not be disappointed going to BYU. It will allow him to just focus on football and school without the distractions other schools have. Plus, BYU has a long line of great linebackers, many of whom have had very successful NFL careers. Welcom Ragin!

Iowa City, IA

Love it! The D will be incredible for many years to come. Glad this kid is coming. Another "win" for Bronco.

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