There are some players that programs can afford to
let slip through the pipeline to opposing programs; however, Shreveport (La.)
Evangel Christian product Jermauria Rasco is one prospect that coach Les Miles
cannot let get away.
Last season, the nation’s No. 2 ranked defensive end, and 23rd ranked prospect overall, racked up 86 tackles, including 12.5 sacks, landing him offers from the likes of LSU, Alabama and Tennessee before his junior campaign was completed. That was just the beginning. Rasco now holds around two-dozen offers.
“I have over 20 offers right now,” he said. “It
feels good because now I can see that my hard work paid off, but I'm going to
stay humble and continue to work.”
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end's work began on Monday when Evangel started its first week of spring practice.
“It felt good being out there, because I'm ready to get things kicked off and for the season to get here,” Rasco said. “I'm still trying to get used to having the pads back on, trying to get my stamina up, and I'm really focusing on whatever it takes to lead us to the Dome again this year.
“I know college will take care of itself, but this
is my last chance to play in high school, so I'm trying to go out with a bang.”
Some would think the attention surrounding the recruiting process would be a distraction for Rasco along his journey to the Dome, but the rising senior claimed otherwise.
“I'm still enjoying it,” he said of the recruiting
process. “It's been going alright, I guess. The coaches and I have been
following the rules. They call me once a week, and I call them once a week.
It's usually about six calls a week, and for the most part I've been in touch
with three schools.”
Not only are these three universities the ones Rasco has remained in contact with the most, they are also the three campuses he visited for Junior Day weekends earlier this year.
“I talk with coaches from LSU, Alabama, and Texas the most every week,” Rasco said. “I went to the Junior Days for each of those schools this year, and I had already been to LSU and Texas a couple of times before. But, it was my first time at Alabama. It was different than what I expected it to be, but really, all three of the schools gave me a different feeling.
“I'm not sure what it was with each school, and that's
why I want to visit them all again this summer to evaluate each one some more.”
Clearly, these three programs are ahead of the
20-plus offers Rasco currently possesses, and he informed TigerSportsDigest.com
as to why the trio is receiving the majority of his attention.
“Coach Haley is the main reason I'm interested in LSU," Rasco said. “After I started getting to know him, a close relationship was formed. Other than LSU being an in-state school for me, coach Haley is really the main reason I have interest in LSU.
“My position coach, Byron Dawson, played at LSU,
but he knows Coach Davis at Alabama and coach Muschamp at Texas, and that's
what has really gotten me interested in those teams,” he added. “My coach has
really talked good about those programs. He has also said great things to
me about LSU. He is not trying to persuade me to go to a certain team. He just
tells me wherever it is meant for me to be, that's where I'll go.”
However, choosing a university is just half of the
equation for Rasco. The position he will play at the next level needs to be
determined as well.
“Some schools are recruiting me to play defensive end, while others are recruiting me as an outside linebacker,” Rasco concluded. “I'm not sure of which position I would rather play yet, and I'm not really sure of what I am looking for in a college. This is why I haven't knocked any schools off of my list yet. That's something that me and my mom have been discussing.”