Former Notre Dame-West Haven star receiver Nico Ragaini has accepted a scholarship offer to play at Iowa, the website Hawkeye Nation reported Monday night. Ragaini will leave Thursday to enroll for the spring semester.
Ragaini, the 2016 New Haven Register Male Athlete of the Year and a three-time New Haven Register All-State first team selection, started four years at Notre Dame and graduated as one of Connecticut’s All-Time receiving leaders.
Ragaini was also a two-time Walter Camp All-Connecticut selection and the 2016 Register Area Most Valuable Player.
Notre Dame reached the state playoffs in three-consecutive years during Ragaini’s tenure, including two Class L semifinal appearances and a berth in the 2014 Class L-Small championship game.
The East Haven native finished his career with a state-record 222 receptions. His 3,345 career receiving yards were second only to Aaron Hernandez for the most in state history. Ragaini, who was also an all-state lacrosse attackman at ND, prepped last season at Avon Old Farms.
According to Hawkeye Nation, the 6-foot, 185-pound Ragaini had an offer to play at Boston College and was also considering Yale. He was recruited by Iowa assistant and Milford native Ken O’Keefe and visited the school last summer.
“I wanted to play for Iowa since I visited this past summer,” Ragaini told Hawkeye Nation. “I love their blue-collar mentality and feel like I fit in with that concept.
“The campus was awesome. I can’t wait to get back to campus and get working/ Coach O’Keefe thinks I can play on all special teams and compete for a spot at slot this year. I’ll do whatever the coaches want me to do and work as hard as possible every day.”