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The Horn continues its discussion of the the 2013 recruits with Jake Raulerson, a player who is capable of playing on both sides of the ball.
Jake Raulerson was the first recruit of Texas’ 2013 class to verbally commit to the Longhorns over a year ago, and now with the spring behind him, Raulerson is gearing up for his freshman season. He stands at 6’5”, 260 lbs., and was a star on both sides of the ball throughout his high school career at Celina.
His talent and on-field performance landed him a spot on the 2013 Army All-American Bowl, as well as over 40 scholarship offers from FBS schools across the nation. However, Raulerson made his decision to attend the University of Texas much earlier in the year. At that time, the position he would play under Mack Brown was unclear.
At this point in the offseason, though, his primary position is a bit clearer than when he first committed to the university. Initially, it was determined that Raulerson would be playing defensive end, but that has changed since his early enrollment at UT. He’s now practicing at the center position, and the coaches seem to be comfortable with him in that spot. Raulerson certainly won’t be complaining; he’s simply a willing competitor.
"I just want to play," said Raulerson, still a high school student-athlete in the midst of his recruiting process. "It doesn't really matter where -- I just want to play. Whether it is offense or defense, I just want to get on the field."
That quote is Jake Raulerson in a nutshell—a team player, a competitor, and a winner. Luckily for Texas, he chose to come to Austin and play college football, because every person on the coaching staff knows that he had many, many other options.
In an interview with HornsNation, Jake Raulerson’s father, Jay Raulerson, told his own story.
"Coach Wylie walked over to me and said, 'Your son is not only the best offensive lineman here, he is the best defensive lineman, too,'” stated Mr. Raulerson. “I was blown away … Mack walked up to Jake later and said, 'Son, you are going to play anywhere you want in the country. I just hope it's at Texas.'"
While Raulerson is a smaller-sized center at 260 lbs., nobody within the Texas coaching staff seems worried that he can’t hold his own. He has proven throughout his entire high school career that he works harder than anyone, and has a drive that is undeniable. He never took plays off, attended every camp possible and received every practice rep that he could.
“Going to every combine I could and outworking everyone I saw. It’s the little things,” said Raulerson. “Running at the front of the line, finishing a drill past the line when you’re running, not taking breaks.”
This is exactly the sort of determination and work ethic that Jake Raulerson will need in order to recover from his most recent setback as a member of the Texas Longhorns. In March, he was forced to undergo an emergency appendectomy that sidelined him for the remainder of spring workouts.
Unsurprisingly, the freshman is back at it and getting in shape for the fall. Whether or not he will see a lot of playing time has yet to be determined, as experienced Dominic Espinosa is in front of him at the center position. However, he has shown that not only is he versatile from a physical standpoint, but his mindset will allow him to make any change that is necessary, which will find him playing time in some role.