Cowboys Offer Top 2013 Line Prospect

On Sunday we looked at the defensive side of the ball and players in attendance at Oklahoma State's half-day mini camp. We are looking at the offensive side of the ball today. There was a good group of offensive linemen in Stillwater, including four legitimate prospects for 2012 and one sensational junior for the 2013 class in Celina's Jake Raulerson, who came away with a scholarship offer.

There were four seniors-to-be this fall that really stood out at the camp. Trey Keenan of Argyle, Texas is a great looking player. He moves really well and appeared to be around 6-4 and 260 or 265 pounds. He did all the drills well, moves his feet, and plays with a physical nature.

It is not a surprise that in addition to an offer from Oklahoma State, Keenan has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech. Keenan's dad was in Stillwater and was wearing an Oklahoma State cap, not a bad thing. Keenan is really the kind of OL prospect that Joe Wickline seems to like.

Put Blake Belcher in that same category. The nearby Guthrie, Okla., product is a player I have watched grow up and he is a hard-nosed tough guy for Blue Jays head coach Rafe Watkins. A foot injury last season derailed Belcher's junior season but he has recovered nicely and moved well. His 20-yard sprints were on par with any of the fast movers and he checked in at 6-4 and just over 270 pounds.

Belcher has offers from Iowa State, Arizona, Tulsa, Oregon State, and Stanford. That is the bonus as Belcher is a good student. I've always liked him a lot as a player.

Keenan and Belcher are likely guards or maybe a tackle, but Travis Wiggins out of South Grand Prairie, Texas, who we have spoke with and reported on recently, was at Oklahoma State on Sunday. He is looked at as a center prospect at 6-3 and 285 pounds.

Wiggins ran well, moves his feet in close quarters, and has a strong first punch in contact. His offers so far are from Utah State, Louisiana-Monroe, and Texas State.

Micah Simmons out Lindale, Texas wasn't quite as big as we thought. I had him pictured for 300 pounds but he looked more like 270 pounds on a 6-3 frame. He and Wiggins were almost the identical size. Simmons had a good day in camp.

There was one really good looking 2013 prospect there in Jake Raulerson. We first saw Jake in Wichita Falls last summer with his mom watching some of his Celina teammates participate in the Oil Bowl on the Texas squad.

Back then we couldn't believe he was just going to be a sophomore, and we can't believe now that he is going to be a junior. Some believe he will be the top offensive line prospect in Texas for 2013.

He is very athletic at 6-4, 250 pounds and he appeared to be the quickest of all the linemen at the camp. He does everything so easily. The only question is what does he eventually weigh and where will he play on the line? It's a question he can start thinking about as he already has four scholarship offers, including the new one from Wickline and Oklahoma State.

"We're heading back from camp and I did get some good news," reported Raulerson Sunday evening. "Oklahoma State offered and I spoke to Coach Wickline and Coach (Mike) Gundy about it."

Raulerson's father updated us on the scholarship offers from Arkansas, SMU, and Oklahoma. He was hoping before the camp was even underway that Jake would get an offer from the Cowboys. They attended two game last season and a big part of it is that they know Oklahoma State middle linebacker Caleb Lavey.

"I know him well. I was his noseguard his senior season," explained Raulerson. "I'm excited about the Oklahoma State offer and I do want to major in business, but I am wide open right now with my recruiting."

Raulerson is a smart student as well. He plays left tackle for Celina, but would likely be a center for the Cowboys. He has the ability to do what that position calls for.


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