Charlie Weis has already made it clear that he wants to upgrade this roster immediately by adding veteran transfers to this team, and Mike Ragone is one of the newest guys. The former Notre Dame tight end is yet another player who was recruited by Weis to play at ND to transfer to Kansas.
Ragone has already completed his undergrad degree at Notre Dame, and the former four-star recruit will be a key redshirt senior for the Jayhawks. He was once the second best recruit at his position in the 2007 class, and he has officially signed his paperwork to play for the team next season after the move was first reported last month.
The 6’4″, 262 pounder is a very fast and athletic tight end who is considered a WR hybrid at the position. The talented Mike Ragone suffered two season-ending injuries with the Irish, and he will be replacing former key starter Tim Biere, who gave Kansas four quality years of football.
Ragone is a fifth-year transfer on a squad of them who is looking to give his talent one last shot after unlucky breaks early on in his college career. Ragone has the talent to succeed, and he was only able to catch 11 passes for 109 yards thus far due to injuries. He only played in 37 games with the Irish.
Charlie Weis has brought in a boatload of talent from transfers, including key starting QB Dayne Crist, former quality BYU QB Jake Heaps, and the oft-discussed Justin McCay. Mike Ragone has the talent to be a factor, and we all hope that he remains healthy in his last chance to show us what he has.
Replacing the lost production at the TE spot from Biere will be important, as he was a solid blocker who finished his Jayhawks career with 66 catches for 798 yards and six touchdowns. His blocking made up for what was regarded as only mediocre receiving, and his leadership will be missed. However, Ragone is also a leader and a quality player, and he makes up for mediocre blocking by being a big factor as a pass-catcher with his speed and athletic ability.