Last weekend’s win over Auburn was big for LSU on and off the field.
Watching from the stands were a slew of high school recruits, from six 2012 prospects committed elsewhere – including three Florida State pledges – to a handful of the Tigers’ current commitments.
Then there were the underclassmen, highlighted by a visit from four-star offensive tackle Jake Raulerson.
The Celina, Texas, native drove in with his father and a family friend, and Raulerson spent the day getting acquainted with the LSU football program for the first time.
“I had never been to a game before, so it was a lot of fun for me to get over there,” Raulerson said. “It definitely lived up to all the hype.
“LSU killed (Auburn), and the crowd was really wild.”
Raulerson began the day with a tour of Tiger Stadium, which included a walk through the locker room with LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley. While inside, Raulerson got a look at the team’s Nike Pro Combat jerseys.
“Coach Haley took me through the locker room and we got to see how the game day was run,” Raulerson said. “Those jerseys were really cool. They looked good in them.
“I also coach to talk with (tight ends coach Steve Ensminger) and (wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales). It was a great weekend and really helped me get a look at what LSU was all about. You hear some chatter over here because they are the top team in the nation right now, so it was good to see up close.”
Despite LSU’s 45-10 win over 19th-ranked Auburn, Raulerson’s lasting memory from the weekend came before the game ever kicked off.
“It was really cool to see what the student section did before the game,” he said. “They were chanting ‘Come to school here’ at the recruits when we walked by. I liked that.”
Like most who have seen the Tigers play this season, Raulerson said he now has one date circled on his calendar next month.
“I can’t wait for Nov. 5,” he said. “That game against Alabama is going to be a great one. LSU is just a great team. They have been rolling.”
Raulerson has offers from Alabama and LSU – and 30-plus other programs. With no timetable for a decision, Raulerson said his focus remains on getting his high school to the state championship game.
“We are 7-0 and trying to stay perfect,” he said. “I am taking the season week by week, and that’s how I will look at my recruitment process, as well.
“LSU is in a good spot. I am going to take a hard look at a lot of teams."