- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
Last week it was all about the offensive line for Longhorns commitment Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) at Texas’ camp. Sunday, it was all about beating the offensive line.
Raulerson, the No. 81 player in the ESPN 150, switched over to defensive end during the Longhorns’ second June camp and felt like he performed well in front of his future coaches.
“It went good. I had good technique for the drills. They really liked that. A lot of the guys didn’t really know how to use proper technique,” he said. “I had some really good battles against Caleb Benenoch from Seven Lakes. He’s really good. He got me a couple of times and I got him a couple of times.”
Raulerson (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) was originally recruited as a defensive end but has said in the past that Texas’ coaches may choose to play him on the offensive line once he gets to Austin. That remains the case after back-to-back camps on either side of the ball.
“They aren’t telling me anything. They just say they’ll see where I fit in best when I get there and they’ll go from there,” he said. “I don’t care; wherever gets me playing time.”
Raulerson doesn’t expect to have much of a decision on where he plays.
“It will be the coaches' decision,” he said. “You will hear from coaches that they’ll play you where you prefer but once you step on campus you are going to do what they want. I’m just going to do what they want anyway. I just want to play.”
While at camp, the Longhorns lost out on another recruit when ESPN 150 wide receiver Robbie Rhodes committed to Baylor. It was the third one this week after Ricky Seals-Jones decommitted on Tuesday and Maurice Smith committed to Alabama on Thursday.
Raulerson said he’d seen better weeks in Longhorns recruiting.
“I don’t like it. I think we stand good with Ricky and I think he’ll be back,” he said. “I’ll keep talking to him. Those other two guys, you know, it’s their decision and we don’t want people that don’t want to be here. So if they don’t want to be at Texas then it’s better that they don’t go to Texas.”