Charlie Ragle tackling East Valley recruiting scene
As the assistant director of operations for the Arizona football program last season, former Chaparral football coach Charlie Ragle’s only interactions with recruits could come on campus.
On Dec. 20, he was promoted to tight ends coach, which allows him more latitude in contacting them. Ever since, Ragle has been busy making in-roads and is in Phoenix today heading to different high schools.
His main area of responsibility is the East Valley, while cornerbacks coach David Lockwood takes the West Valley.
Arizona and Chaparral figure to have a good relationship as long as Ragle is in Tucson, since he’s very close with Firebirds coach Dave Huffine and has coached kids who are still on the team.
How well he does in the rest of the East Valley could have an impact on in-state recruiting. The 2014 class in Arizona is strong, and the Wildcats already have a verbal commitment from Tucson Salpointe star Cameron Denson. If the East Valley players buy into Ragle’s message, it could give Arizona an advantage locally.
“I’ve been here since 1999, and I’ve cut my teeth here,” Ragle said. “Everything I’ve done in my coaching career has been here in Arizona. Like anything in life, it’s about relationships. The fact that I have so many relationships in the Valley and in Tucson can only help.”
Ragle said there were no assurances that he would be promoted to an assistant coach after one year in an administrative role, but is very excited for the opportunity.
“It’s really special to be back coaching,” he said. “It was my lifelong dream to coach Division I football.”