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Charlie Ragle, Chaparral

The head coach at one of Arizona's top programs is making the jump to the college ranks.

Charlie Ragle, who guided Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) do a Division II state title in 2011, has been named assistant director of football operations and liaison for high school relations at Arizona, according to a release from the team.

Ragle instantly gives Rich Rodriguez's staff a well-respected figure in the Arizona high school football scene.

Recruiting in-state will be crucial for Rodriguez, and Ragle could prove invaluable in that area. Two of Ragle's former players, Connor Brewer (Texas) and Davonte Neal (undecided), are national recruits who appear to be heading out of state.

Brewer seems steadfast in his commitment to Texas. However, if Ragle can sway Neal to join him at Arizona, the move will pay dividends immediately.

Additionally, Andrus Peat of Corona del Sol (No. 7) and D.J. Foster of Saguaro (No. 86) are Top 100 recruits that the Wildcats would love to have. However, Arizona is an unlikely destination for both.

Jumping to the college ranks has proven lucrative for some top high school coaches.

Former Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) head coach Chad Morris left the Texas powerhouse after the 2009 season to take a position on Tulsa's staff in January of 2010. He now serves as offensive coordinator for Clemson, taking home a whopping $1.3 Million/year.