Posted by Bryan Fischer
Texas is known for their accelerated recruiting cycle and just two days after Signing Day for the 2012 class, the Longhorns have picked up their first commitment in 2013. Celina (Texas) lineman Jake Raulerson was the first to sign up to wear the burnt orange and white Friday morning, committing to the in-state powerhouse and becoming the building block for what will likely be another highly regarded class.
"It's great to finally have it done. I'm beyond belief to have this opportunity. I'm happy to say I'm a Longhorn," Raulerson told Orangebloods.com. "The stress is gone right now and I'm very, very happy."
The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder already held over 30 offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Stanford. Among the most versatile players in next year's recruiting class, the Maxpreps' Top Junior will likely be a top five player in the state no matter what position he ends up playing in college.
"The coaching staff is great. They've been recruiting me at both positions (offensive line and defensive line) so there's a very good chance at some point of getting early playing time. Early playing time was not a factor at all but it's always good to have that option," Raulerson said. "They're one of the few that did recruit me at both offensive tackle and defensive end and they're even thinking about tight end. All that together works great."
Texas recently grabbed the number two overall recruiting class in the country and it appears that the commitment of Raulerson will only be the start to a good 2013 group.