Big, physical offensive linemen don't grow on trees, so Arkansas will be excited they were able to land a very promising one in Frank Ragnow. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the news:
According to 247 Sports, Ragnow measures at 6'6" and 291 pounds. Hailing from Chanhassen, Minnesota, the 4-star prospect is ranked as the No. 314 recruit in the country, the No. 25 offensive tackle and the No. 3 recruit from the state of Minnesota.
He accumulated his share of awards, being named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro team and was also selected to the Associated Press and Minnesota Vikings' All-State squads.
ESPN (Insider) offers the following scouting report on Ragnow:
This is a tough, dominant run blocker with the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the BCS level of play and he possesses a strong, sturdy frame capable of supporting additional body mass over time. Has good overall playing strength and strong hands. Playing out of a three-point stance we detect a little ankle and knee stiffness, which does not appear to hinder his ability to play on his feet and adjust to quickness in tight spaces.
ESPN adds that he "will need some time and most likely a redshirt year prior to competing for starting time at the BCS level of competition."
Without question, Ragnow is a mauler in the running game. He finishes his blocks and plays to the whistle, drives defenders off of the line of scrimmage and plays with a real tenacity. His skill set may ultimately translate better to the right tackle position, though his technique in the passing game can be improved upon with time and reps.
Check him out in action below:
He also played defensive end, accumulating 102 tackles, 14 sacks and two fumble recoveries at the position over his last three seasons, according to MaxPreps. And he's fairly nimble for a man of his size, evidenced by the fact that he also plays basketball for Chanhassen.
But his future is definitely on the offensive line. With a little patience and coaching up, Ragnow should be a very nice player for Arkansas in a few years.