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Football Recruiting: A Look at Early Enrollee Jake Raulerson

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As one of four early enrollees already on campus, there are no Signing Day festivities for Jake Raulerson, but that doesn’t mean he should be forgotten as a member of the 2013 Longhorn recruiting class. Raulerson, a 6’5”, 250-pound defensive end out of Celina (see his junior highlight reel here), ranked fourteenth in Orangebloods.com’s Lone Star Recruiting’s Top 100 and No. 127 in Rivals.com’s Rivals 250.

Raulerson held scholarship offers from more than 20 programs across the country, including Florida, Stanford, Ohio State and Arkansas, before ultimately choosing Mack Brown’s Texas Longhorns.

While he was impressed on his unofficial visit to Stanford last January, the chance to play for the in-state Longhorns was too much to pass up for the family-oriented Raulerson. And just 48 hours after the 2012 class had officially signed, he became the first commit of the 2013 cycle. Ever since, he’s become one of the unquestioned leaders of his class—as well as one of the program’s most dogged recruiters.

Along with fellow early enrollees Tyrone Swoopes, Deoundrei Davis and Geoff Swaim, Raulerson is already on campus and going through Bennie Wylie’s offseason program. This head start is key, as coaches have informed Raulerson that they expect to play him as a freshman. The only question is where, though it appears he will start out at defensive end. Despite the graduation of Alex Okafor, snaps there could be scarce, though, with the return of established contributors Jackson Jeffcoat, Cedric Reed and Reggie Wilson, not to mention the promise of sophomore Shiro Davis. But if there’s one thing that’s been made clear about Raulerson, whether it was in all-star competitions or in trying to convince other prospects to join him in Austin, it’s that he’s not afraid of competition. Let the games begin.

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