June 5, 2011
2013 prospect makes a big impression on UT staff
Coming into Sunday's camp in Austin, Jake Raulerson knew exactly what he was getting himself into.
The 6-4, 245-pound Raulerson knew that the Longhorns historically hold their first one-day camp of the summer for the incoming senior class, which features a lot of the current Longhorn commitments and a number of the nation's top recruits. The second one-day camp usually features younger players, including a lot of members of the 2013 class that Raulerson belongs to.
Raulerson knew it, wanted it and loved the idea of it. He figured if he was going to show up and try to make an impression, he might as well do it against players the Texas staff has already valued as elite.
Currently rated as the state's No.34 prospect in the 2013 Lone Star Recruiting rankings, Raulerson had the kind of day that many might remember years from now is the moment that his stock as a national prospect truly took off. Playing both tackle and defensive end, Raulerson was such a standout on Sunday that players from multiple positions on both sides of the ball mentioned him as one of the standout performers, regardless of grade classification.
When it was all over, Raulerson could hardly contain his enthusiasm and excitement on the drive home.
"It went great, it went awesome," Raulerson, who will also attend camps at TCU, Oklahoma and Alabama, stated. "There were two sessions of one-on-ones and I got a chance to go up against some great players and I did pretty well. The coaches told me that they loved me."
It was music to Raulerson's ears after his plan of taking on all comers was perfectly executed.
"I knew ahead of time that this was when the commitments would be there," Raulerson said. "I got a chance to go up against all of the best guys. Hassan Ridgeway and Caleb Bluiett were killing everyone pretty much I had two reps against Hassan Ridgeway a couple of times and we split the reps. I didn't get a chance to go up against Caleb Bluiett, but I did get a chance to go up against Curtis Riser and the tackle from Carthage (Greg Brantley). I felt like I did well."
The Texas coaches apparently agree.
"I talked with coach Searels, coach Giles and Coach Brown and they all said that they wanted me," Raulerson said. "Of course, Coach Searels wants me offense and Coach Giles wants me for defense, but Coach Brown said that I could play anywhere for them."
As far as impressions go, the Longhorns weren't too shabby in their own right.
"All I have to say is its Texas," Raulerson said. "I love Texas. I love the staff and I love the environment."
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