Michigan threw its hats in the ring for one of the top athletes in the country last week when it extended a scholarship to Celina (TX ) OT/DE Jake Raulerson. The offer was the culmination of an abrupt rise in interest on the part of the Maize & Blue.
“I kind of started talking to them early in the summer and then I kind of didn’t talk to them for a little bit once two-a-days started,” reported Raulerson. “But after then I got to talk to them a little bit and the offer just came recently. They called my coach and told me to call them. I did and they offered. It was a good feeling to get an offer from them. I was pretty excited about that. They have a big time program and they are definitely a team to watch out for.”
Raulerson’s primary contact in Ann Arbor is assistant Darrell Funk. Michigan’s Texas recruiter in still in the early stages of building a rapport with his would-be pupil, and the talented youngster is eager to further the process.
“He seems like a good coach,” said Raulerson regarding Funk. “I haven’t talked to him too much but from what I can gather, he is a good coach. “I’m going to enjoy getting to know him a little bit better over the next few months.”
One of the topics of conversation will almost certainly be which position the Wolverines prefer for Raulerson to play. Many of four-star prospect’s suitors are courting him as a defensive end, some at linebacker, and many others… including possibly Michigan… as an offensive lineman.
Said Raulerson, “I think that is where (Michigan) is recruiting me at, but I’m not totally sure, but I’m pretty sure that’s it.”
That is but one of a number of things Raulerson’s hopes to learn about Wolverines in the coming months. While it’s clear that they are playing catch-up in the familiarity department, it’s also clear they will have ample time to do so. The Celina high star isn’t close to reaching a decision and plans to visit as many of his suitors as possible before he brings his recruitment to an end. To date he has already made his way to Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss, TCU, and SMU. He still hopes to make it to many more, including Michigan.
“I’m going to try to (to make it to Ann Arbor),” said Raulerson. “My mom has business up in Ohio for work sometimes, so she might be able to make a trip out for me and let me take a trip out there.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for much more on Raulerson in the coming days.