October 17, 2011

Raulerson Takes in First Red River Rivalry

Just like most top prospects in north Texas Celina, Texas offensive tackle Jake Raulerson joined the masses last weekend inside the Texas State Fair.

Yet unlike those clad in burnt orange and crimson and cream the 6-foot-5, 250-pound pass blocker was there to just take in the scenery not necessarily pull for one side or the other in what was his first trip to the Cotton Bowl.

"Everything went good. I had never been to an OU-Texas game before," Raulerson said.

"It was a very good atmosphere and it was really loud out there but it was a lot of fun being able to watch the game."

"Just about every single one of the (Texas) commits was there and I got to hangout with Hassan Ridgeway, Johnathan Gray, and all of them. It was fun to hangout with them for awhile."

Having already made trips to Norman and Austin this season it was Raulerson who was perhaps the most well schooled recruit in attendance.

"I was a little bit surprised by it. Oklahoma is a great team and Texas is an up and coming team. Going into the game I wasn't real sure if Texas was going to be able to pull it off but I didn't think it would end up like that," he said.

But as Raulerson points out there's no reason to cross Texas off his list because of one game.

"No sir. I wouldn't just mark off a team because of that I still got a couple years to decide and it definitely depends on how I feel about the coaches and whether I get along with them," says Raulerson who holds offers from nearly 19 schools excluding the Longhorns.

"They're definitely up there though. I definitely like Texas a lot. I like the coaching staff up there and I also think they'll get better as time goes on."

"I'm not really waiting on an offer (from them) I'm just enjoying my high school season and trying to win a state championship."

Helping Texas high school powerhouse Celina to a 6-0 start Raulerson says he's uncertain if he'll head back out on the road this weekend after spending quality time on the road the past few weeks highlighted by a visit to 'The Swamp' to take in the Alabama-Florida game.

"It went great. It was definitely a good trip I had a lot of fun."

But unlike his trip the Cotton Bowl this was not his first trip to see the sights of Gainesville admitting it's hard to compare the atmosphere between the two superb venues.

"I had actually been there quite a few times before from going to the summer camps growing up," Raulerson continued.

"You can't really compare the atmospheres because it got really quiet after the first couple of quarters but it definitely was an unbelievable atmosphere to be around and hear that. Florida fans are crazy and it was unbelievably loud while I was down there."

For now Raulerson returns to Celina where he gets set for a Friday night match up with Anna, Texas as the Bobcats go for a state record ninth state championship.

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