Commitment Analysis: Jake Raulerson

Jake Raulerson committed Friday, giving the Longhorns a versatile line talent, somebody who could project to either defensive end or offensive tackle.

Raulerson impressed the Texas staff at last year's summer camp, attending the first camp with all of the seniors-to-be, and Longhorn commitments. Raulerson more than held his own against the older players at both tackle and defensive end, causing Texas coach Mack Brown to say Raulerson could play whichever position he wanted, but "I just hope it's at Texas."

Friday, just two days after inking the nation's top recruiting class, Brown got his wish. And while Raulerson could play either position, a weak defensive end class in-state (so far) could propel Raulerson to the defensive side of the ball. He runs well enough, but has shocking strength in his hands and a great bull rush. He plays with a lot of passion and ferocity.

But the reason Raulerson was offered so quickly might have had more to do with his charisma than with his talent level. Last season, Texas depended on quarterback Connor Brewer, the class's first commitment, and his love of everything Texas to help recruit the 2012 class, especially at the first Junior Day. It only helps when the players are out on their tours and you put somebody still with the afterglow of commitment in with them.

Raulerson should be an excellent ambassador for the Texas program — he had the grades to attend Stanford, and actually considered going there — and he could help recruit the next branch of blue-chippers to the 40 Acres. As Raulerson noted in Erin Hartigan's story, the Texas staff calls Raulerson their 'Bell Cow', or their leader.

In terms of committing, Raulerson's the leader of the 2013 class. But don't be surprised if he has a hand in more commitments in the upcoming week-to-10-days.

"They know I'm a guy that's going to go out and recruit and help build the class," Raulerson told Hartigan. "I'm honored to be a part of that. I'm very blessed to have everything that I have. It's been amazing."


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