Trey Ragas is about to make history, but you may never know it.
Ragas, Shaw’s senior running back, is 95 yards shy of breaking Daniel Borne’s career rushing record of 4,546 yards set from 2004-06.
Ragas is reserved and humble and opts to let his play on the field do much of his talking for him.
After a tumultuous path that brought him from St. Augustine to Shaw three years ago, even Ragas acknowledged to be placed atop the school’s record books feels fitting.
“I felt like this was meant to be,” Ragas said. “I remember being told about a record I broke last year and other records I could break. It’s very good to have a team like this to help me out on the field, help me run the ball and motivate me to do better.”
Three years ago, Ragas and his family decided it was in Ragas’ best interest to transfer from St. Augustine to Shaw.
At the time, someone named Leonard Fournette was receiving the snaps at running backs at St. Aug, and then-coach Cyril Crutchfield felt Ragas was a better fit on defense.
A stubborn Ragas was resolute on being a running back and transferred to Shaw, a school with a storied tradition of running backs from Borne to Shyrone Carey to Kendall Bussey.
Ragas was immediately inserted as the Eagles starter, and three years later has continued to prove that running back is the only position for him.
Coach Scott Bairnsfather, a Shaw alumnus, has seen some of the great running backs pass through the Marrero school, but none that run as hard as Ragas.
“This has been a rushing school forever, so Trey having a chance to break the record is special because it’s come in three years where we haven’t had the most success,” Bairnsfather said. “He’s the best I’ve seen in a long time with yards after carry. He always breaks tackles, always falls forward and he’s tough to bring down in a crowd.
“He has a lot of long plays, but he also gets hit after 3 yards and gets 12. That’s allowed him to get to this point because instead of 100, 125 yards, he ends up with 175, 180 yards.”
Ragas entered this season in fourth place on Shaw’s career rushing list, 1,496 yards short of Borne’s mark.
Through seven games, Ragas has piled up 1,401 yards and a whopping 200 yards per game average.
When Shaw defeated St. Aug on Oct. 10, Ragas’ 225 yards vaulted him past Carey into second place in the record books.
“If I play with a chip on my shoulder, it’s just the St. Aug game,” Ragas admitted. “I wanted to show them I could play running back and I’m good at running the ball.”
That’s hard to argue.
Jesuit stands in the way of Ragas breaking the record Saturday when the Catholic League rivals square off at 2 p.m. at Memtsas.
Expect a heavy dose of Ragas, again, as the senior tries to etch his name in the Shaw record books. If and when he does, expect a humble Ragas to carry on just like he always does.
“It’s a big deal, and it should be a big deal,” Bairnsfather said. “It’s a big deal for our program, our line, for his teammate and I think it will be for him, but you’ll never know it.”