June 21, 2011

Texas OL catches UA's attention

Jake Raulerson may have a had a little trouble finding the coaching staff at first during his visit to the University of Alabama over the weekend, but after participating at the offensive line/defensive line camp, the 2013 offensive lineman from Celina, TX grabbed their attention.

"We got some Alabama guy to let us up on the coach's floor," Jake's father, Jay Raulerson said. "Jake was looking around in people's offices for coaches. We didn't see anybody, and we were about to leave, but Jake had a Celina t-shirt on and coach (Mike) Groh saw him walk by and said, Hey Jake and Jake turned around."

Jake said he was surprised that Groh even knew who he was, given that he had just recently registered to the camp and had not sent in anything previous to UA.

"(Groh) said he knew all about me, which is kind of surprising," Raulerson said. "I didn't say who my name was or anything, all he saw was the Celina on my shirt, and he knew who I was."

Once Raulerson talked to coaches, he was told that Alabama sees him as more of a Jack linebacker as opposed to the offensive lineman that he plays in high school. Though he has never played linebacker before, Raulerson was very receptive to the move, stating that he did not care which position he played at the next level.

"I'll play anywhere I'm needed," Raulerson said. "My brother has always played linebacker, and it is a pretty cool position. I never thought I could, but Jack linebacker is a lot like defensive end which is perfect for me."

At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, the UA coaches said that Raulerson will not have to change his weight before moving to the position. Raulerson remains open to the move, but he will stick to playing right tackle and nose guard at Celina High School.

The Texas native also got a chance to take in the campus and stated that Alabama fit what he was looking for in terms of campuses.

"It wasn't too big of a campus. It was like the perfect size for a college campus," Raulerson said. "It had a great atmosphere, and it just felt like a very good fit for a guy like me."

After an impressive performance at the camp, Raulerson met with Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban about the possibility of playing for Alabama.

"Coach Saban said he really liked what I did out there," Raulerson said. "He said I have a lot of talent and I'm really athletic. They really like me and they are really interested. He said all they have to do is watch my film and if he liked that, he would probably offer me.

"(The offer) would be huge. I am a big SEC fan, and Alabama is a great school with a lot of tradition. It would be awesome, and I am super excited."

Raulerson has not come out with a list of schools yet, but he did state that he was interested in the SEC schools, as well the schools in Oklahoma and Texas.

"I don't really have a leading college right now," Raulerson said. "I'm just trying to focus on the upcoming season and trying to win a championship."

Raulerson plans to visit, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Texas A&M during the summer, and said that he would like to come back to Alabama in November to watch the Alabama-LSU game.

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