Sooners Eyeing Raulerson at Tackle

One of the Sooners' first 2013 offers to go out in the state of Texas was to Jake Raulerson of Celina HS. Raulerson had a good performance at the Sooners' summer camp back in June and shortly after picked up an offer from the Sooners.

The 6-foot-5 and 250-pound Raulerson has been all over the place this offseason. He's worked out in camps at TCU, Texas, Oklahoma, OSU, Alabama and has visited Arkansas and Auburn as well.

Raulerson is an impressive prospect because he can play multiple positions, but that's not what is most impressive about him. The most impressive thing about Raulerson is the level that he can play at no matter what position he is lined up at.

Center, guard, tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker are all the positions that Raulerson, who says his dad refers to him as a Swiss Army Knife, is being recruited to play.

Raulerson currently stands at ten offers which include Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Illinois and Stanford on that list. Shortly after Raulerson left Norman back in June after he had participated in camp, the Sooners joined that list as well. The Sooner offer was a big deal to Raulerson.

"I called Coach Kittle after camp and he let me know that I had an offer and it was a big one. It was a huge offer for me. It's a great college and a great program and it was a big deal for me," Raulerson said.

While Raulerson was in Norman, he worked out at offensive tackle and defensive end. The Sooners like Raulerson at the left tackle position which is where they are recruiting him to play. Raulerson said offensive tackles coach, Bruce Kittle, taught him some things while he was at the camp.

"It was a great camp," Raulerson stated. "I thought it was a pretty cool experience to be able to go out there and hit after not being able to hit, getting the chance to put on a helmet and shoulder pads and go after it a little bit. Coach Kittle is a great coach he helped me out a lot. I actually worked on both sides of the ball that week. I thought I did pretty well."

Raulerson says he doesn't prefer any position over the other, he just wants to play the position that will get him on the field the earliest.

Later this year Raulerson does plan to travel back to Norman to see the Sooners in action.

"Yes sir," Raulerson said about visiting Oklahoma again this year. "I will be coming up for a game I'm pretty sure."

Raulerson's busy summer isn't going to stop anytime soon. More unofficial visits are on the way he says before getting back to training for next season.

"I will be taking unofficials to Florida and Florida State," Raulerson said. "I'll be taking my sister to college. She will be going to college in Florida in Sarasota to play volleyball. That will be about it, just be conditioning and training to win a state championship."

The Gators were actually Raulerson's favorite team growing up but he states that everyone is on a level playing field and no one leads for his services.

Raulerson has a twin brother that he has played next to throughout his entire football career. If he can get a school to look at his brother even if it is as a walk on it will be a plus for Raulerson.

"A big deal of it is going to be based on wherever my brother goes. I got a twin brother and he is a middle linebacker," Raulerson stated. "He's got a huge heart. I think he is as good as anyone you can find, he's just on the short end. He's 5-foot-11 and 195-pounds. He's a player."

"A big part of it is going to be if anyone, I'm not saying that's going to be the base of my decision, but if there is any way that I can get a school to look at him. And if they can take him and see if he can play anywhere whether its special teams or anything that he can play, be it walk on or not that's a big deal to me. I've played with my brother for twelve-seasons and me and him don't want that to end anytime soon."

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