Former Texas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson officially visited North Carolina earlier this month, according to Inside Carolina sources.
As a graduate transfer, Raulerson will be eligible to play immediately. Unlike most graduate transfers, the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder has two years of eligibility remaining. He earned his degree from Texas in three years, and red-shirted his first season.
Raulerson has applied to UNC's business school and is awaiting word on his acceptance. If accepted, he will enroll at UNC for the second summer semester later this month, according to sources.
Following his red-shirt season in 2013, Raulerson played in 12 games with five starts (four at center and one at right tackle) during the 2014 season. As a sophomore, he appeared in eight games.
Coming out of Celina (Texas) High School, Raulerson was a four-star defensive end, member of the Scout 300, and U.S. Army All-American. During his prep career, he was teammates with UNC red-shirt freshman quarterback Nathan Elliott.
Elliott isn’t Raulerson’s lone UNC connection. Raulerson also participated in the Nike Opening with Ryan Switzer. During their time in Oregon, Raulerson and Switzer became friends.
After initially announcing his intentions to transfer from Texas in December, Raulerson took January official visits to Michigan, Oregon, and UCLA. Afterwards, he committed to the Bruins. When things fell through with UCLA (due to unexpected admissions obstacles late in the process, according to Bruin Report Online), Raulerson reopened his recruitment and thus officially visited UNC and unofficially visited nearby SMU.