Arkansas has added another piece to its offensive line in the form of a graduate transfer.
Former Texas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson announced Thursday on Twitter that he intends to play for the Razorbacks this season. The announcement came a day after he tweeted his acceptance letter into the University of Arkansas' MBA program.
"This has been one wide ride of an offseason," Raulerson tweeted. "I went coast to coast to find the right fit and to make my dream of getting an MBA and playing big time college football come true."
Raulerson, who was originally rated a four-star defensive end by Scout, announced he would attend UCLA, but was not accepted into the Bruins' business school. He also considered Michigan, Stanford, North Carolina and SMU before choosing the Razorbacks.
The Celina, Texas, native confirmed the news to Scout.
"I am not really doing interviews because of all the drama that has surrounded this, but yes I am excited about coming to Arkansas," Raulerson said. "I will be there Sunday."
As a graduate transfer, Raulerson (6-5, 295) will be eligible to play immediately and he'll have two years to play because he graduated from Texas in three seasons, one of which was his redshirt year.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema praised the addition of Raulerson in announcing his signing with the Razorbacks on Friday.
“Jake brings a lot of big game experience and versatility to the offensive line unit after playing nearly every positon during the last two years,” Bielema said. “We know a lot about Jake having recruited him out of high school and playing against him a few years ago when he started at right tackle in the Texas Bowl. His personality and passion are a great fit for our program and we are excited to welcome him to the Razorback family.”
The Celina, Texas, native was a consensus four-star prospect as a senior in 2013. He was tabbed the No. 113 player and the No. 9 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN. In addition, he was a three-time 3A All-State selection and participated in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He started five games - four at center - as a redshirt freshman in 2014. He started at right tackle in Texas' 31-7 loss to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl. His playing time dwindled in 2015, but he was expected to be the Longhorns' starting center this season.
Other than Dan Skipper and Frank Ragnow, Arkansas' offensive line was in flux during spring practice, as the Razorbacks used several different combinations to figure out replacements for Mitch Smothers, Sebastian Tretola and Denver Kirkland.