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Texas grabs first 2013 commit in Raulerson

Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:52 am
 
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.

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:23 am
 

Texas grabs first 2013 commit in Raulerson

Florida already had three 2013 commits, and added two LBs on Wednesday.  The trend is to find these junior and sophomore campers during summer camp, watch their season, and if they pan out as expected, lock them in early.  Junior Days are huge, because the kids get to mingle with current recruits and possible future team mates and bond.  It's an easy recruitment process from that point on, as long as you remember to include Mom and Dad in the recruitment- especially Mom.  Bear Bryant was a shameless suckup to Mamas, and as a result he was the all- time killer recruiter. 

Texas has a huge advantage in Texas.  Their constituency has been the majority of the state so long, that other schools pick up their leftovers.  We have a little different situation in Florida with Miami, FSU, USF, UCF, the rest of the SEC, and every other conference flocking to our state for recruits.  As a result, we do a lot of pre- emptive camping and national recruiting.  The State of North Carolina has been very good to us over the years, as has, ironically, the State of Georgia.  


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