By now, we're all familiar with the Jake Raulerson story. Before his junior year, Raulerson went to a Texas camp and went to the session typically reserved for the seniors and impressed the coaches with his talent and, maybe even more importantly, his work ethic. Raulerson later became the bell cow of the Texas class, helping to recruit so many of his eventual teammates.
The question with Raulerson has always been which position he'll play at the next level. He was 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds and played offensive tackle and on the defensive line in high school, though he didn't necessarily have the classic athleticism of a 255-pound end at the next level. Raulerson then figured to either settle in on the offensive line, at defensive tackle or even as a J.J. Watt-type power end.
And though the position Texas wanted him at jumped around often, he'll start his career this spring at center. It's a good fit: Raulerson won't have to gain as much weight at that spot, and two of his main strengths are his tenacity and his intelligence. It isn't hard to see him excelling in a few years after putting on more weight — Texas coach Mack Brown said he was up to nearly 270 pounds — and potentially pushing a guy like Darius James out a spot to guard.
Raulerson has the quickness to get the necessary angles, though he needs to continue to add to his strength level to be able to finish off blocks when going against bigger defensive tackles.
Still, in what projects as an outstanding offensive line class, Raulerson is certainly a heck of a catch in his own right.
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