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Raulerson, recovering from surgery, recaps junior day

2/28/2012

Longhorns defensive end commitment Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) is hurting right now. But the pain from his deviated septum surgery, which he had last Tuesday, will be worth it over time.

“Well I’m all right,” Raulerson said in an aching voice. “My joints hurt real bad.”

Raulerson, Texas’ first commitment for 2013, could not breathe out of his left nostril and had tonsils the size of “golf balls” heading into last weeks surgery. Those conditions made it impossible to get a good night’s rest.

“I was sleeping one or two hours of deep sleep per night and then wake up periodically,” he said. “I snored horribly.”

The surgery consisted of the removal of his tonsils and adenoids. The recovery period calls for a week of rest and two weeks off before the resumption of weight training.

Despite that, Raulerson made the trip to Austin over the weekend to help Texas recruit during its second junior day.

“It was a little bit of a risk. It paid off. But I am paying for it now,” Raulerson said.

He said the coaches were shocked that he made the trip, but were happy that he was in town to help.

“They just told me to take it easy and not be active,” he said. “But I am pretty stubborn.”

Raulerson was in full “bell cow” mode in the presence of the 20 athletes that made it to Austin. It ended up being a very successful trip as the Longhorns got commitments from three visitors on Sunday.

“It was good,” Raulerson said. “We got every guy that Coach [Mack] Brown wanted.”

ESPNU 150 Watch List offensive tackle Kent Perkins and linebacker Naashon Hughes became Texas’ 10th and 11th commitments on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Raulerson, for one, is ecstatic about how this class is shaping up.

“It is one of the best in the country,” Raulerson said. “It’s a great class so far. I am really excited about it. I am really liking the guys that we have brought in. I’m excited to see what happens in the next couple of years.”

Raulerson has spent the last few days at home and will try to go back to school tomorrow.