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Those who follow BYU running backs coach Joe DuPaix on Twitter know the routine by now. Whenver @CoachJoeDuPaix tweets that it is a "great day to be a Cougar," BYU has received a football commitment. Shortly after it happened Thursday night, running back and outside linebacker Johnny Ragin III of Wilsonville, Ore., announced on Twitter that he had committed to BYU. @Glory_IIIERA said on Twitter: "Committed to Brigham Young University. Go COUGS!" Ragin's teammate at Wilsonville High, receiver Tanner Shipley, re-committed to BYU last month. BYU coaches visited Ragin on Tuesday night. He also had offers from Cal, Oregon State, Colorado and Nevada. He is listed by Scout.com as a 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete. Here's the updated list of BYU football commitments from the class of 2013: Keegan Hicks, 6-3, 280 OL from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham High School)Trajan Pili, 6-2, 200 LB from Las Vegas (Centennial High School)Dallin Leavitt, 5-11, 196 Safety from Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic High School)Moroni Laulu-Pututau, 6-4, 190, TE from Hyrum, Utah (Mountain Crest High School)Talon Shumway, 6-3, 190, WR from Highland, Utah (Lone Peak High School)JonRyheem Peoples, 6-6, 300 OL from Rigby, Idaho (Rigby High School)Maataua Brown, 6-5, 290, DT from Norwalk, Calif. (Cerritos Junior College) Kalolo Manumaleuna Utu, 6-2, 250, LB from Compton, Calif. (Compton Junior College) Nathan DeBeikes, 6-2, 196, LB from Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Thousand Oaks High School) Johnny Tapasoa, 5-10, 190, Safety from Kahuku, Hawaii (Kahuku High School) Addison Pulsipher, 6-5, 240, DE from Temecula, Calif. (Temecula Valley High School) Billy Green, 6-2, 196, QB from Shoreline, Wash. (Christian King's High School) Hayden Weichers, 6-0, 165 WR from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham High School) Kai Nacua, 6-2, 200 LB from Las Vegas, Nev. (Liberty High School) Patrick Palau, 5-11, 240 FB from Salt Lake City, Utah (East High School) Garrett England, 6-3, 185 RB from Salt Lake City, Utah (Skyline High School) Merrill Taliauli, 6-2, 305 DL from Salt Lake City, Utah (East High School)Thomas Shoaf, 6-6, 265 OL from Columbus, Indiana (Columbus North High School)Michael Davis, 6-2, 180 WR from Los Angeles, Calif. (Glendale High School)Inoke Lotulelei, 5-8, 175 WR from Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood High School)Darrin Laufasa, 6-1, 220 RB from Bothell, Wash. (Bothell High School)Tanner Shipley, 6-2, 185 WR from Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville High School)Claudell Louis 6-6, 270 DE from Visalia, Calif. (College of the Sequoias)Jordan Preator, 6-0, 183 Safety from Plain City, Utah (Fremont High School)Rylee Gautavai, 6-1, 200 linebacker from Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful High School)Brayden Kearsley, 6-6, 250 OL from Portland, Ore. (Aloha High School)Jonny Ragin, 6-3, 215 RB/LB from Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville High School)
Note: Kearsley has not decommitted, but has acknowledged he is looking around at a few other schools.